Colony Locos took on Gordon rivals Huntly, and started the game with the wind behind with an obvious game plan to press Huntly high up the pitch and not allow them to settle.
It was a day when they needed to keep the passes short and sharp as any long passes whether on the deck or in the air would be a lottery in the wind but unfortunately they didn’t do that with far too many stray passes and poor efforts to keep the ball when in possession.
Huntly took advantage of space left by Colony and played two passes through the centre of midfield and defence to score albeit with an excellent strike past the helpless Garden.
Although it was still very scrappy game mainly due to the wind Colony did at least start to take a bit more control of the game although their back four looked uncomfortable, Garden was quite assured in goals. Colony were slowly improving and from their first really good interplay they levelled. A throw in from the left was held up by Gordon who fed McCABE and he beat the keeper from a tight angle a few yards out.
The second came soon after with a good interchange of passing from Hay to McCabe to Gordon to Hay who fed WOODGREAVES to calmly slot the ball beyond the advancing keeper for 2-1. Colony’s third arrived courtesy of McCABE who latched on to a diagonal ball to just left of centre inside the box to reverse the ball beyond the keeper into the net.
One personnel change and a couple of positional changes at half-time with Littlejohn removed and Woodgreaves dropping into back four to install more stability as Colony expected Huntly to come at them with even more severe winds and a possibility of the game being abandoned.
That prospect looked even more likely when one of the goals lost its mooring and play had to be stopped for a few minutes to fix the goal back into place.
Colony seemed content to soak up some pressure and with a two goal cushion looked comfortable enough and always threatened on the break. If anything the wind improved Colonys possession as they had to keep the ball on the surface. Good interplay between McCabe, Burr and Simpson resulting in Burr crossing from wide on the right which was met by Hay who flashed a header off the far post which fortunately rebound straight back to him. HAY whilst still on the deck stretched out a leg and buried the rebound into the back of the net and that fourth goal effectively ended Huntlys chances of making a comeback and Locos were comfortable winners in the end.
Manager Alan Gordon commented, “We started very slow but once the passing game came we were the better side.
“Over all I have to be happy with three points considering the conditions and Huntly, if allowed to play, can be a decent side. It was good to get all the subs on for a run out. Although we have no fixture next week that was our last match here. Although we are twelve points ahead other teams can catch us but League is still in our own hands at present so we still have to maintain our focus.
“The last four fixtures are Peterhead, Huntly, Formartine and Glentanner and hopefully in that order but there are five teams in close contention so its going to be tough”.