Turriff United 4 Lossiemouth 1: Charlie Charlesworth takes part of the responsible in his side’s defeat.

Lossie Manager Charlie Charlesworth admits he had nightmares all night about what formation to play and read too much in some reports about Turriff and this made himself change his thinking for whats supposed to be for his side. He takes part of the blame for their 4-1 defeat to Turriff as he acknowledged that he over complicated it but wants the players to take responsible for their sloppy play.

However Lossiemouth put on a great show in the second half with the introduction of new signing Connor McCauley from Elgin City and Aaron Hamilton which proved to make a brilliant impact this resulted in Scott Miller getting a goal back. But a late comeback didn’t come.

Charlesworth said: “4-0 at half time and best wishes to Stuart Cumming hope everything is ok with that.You don’t like to see anything like this.

“I usually believe that we play the way through our strengths and a lot of players out now and looked too much in the formation early doors with the 352. I don’t think the formation killed us and think the sloppiness along with not having any bite.

“At 2-0 it becomes tough. We change it to a 451 at half time and take out four thinking players to shore it up as the game has gone.

“My final thought I just over complicated the bloody thing at the start and will take a hit on that. But the boys have to take responsible for their sloppiness.

The first real chance came for the hosts, Nicholas Gray smashed a shot just wide of the target. Soon after the bubbly and enthusiastic women who were at the Haughs for Ladies day were up on their the feet for the opener.

When Gary McGowan cut inside and struck the ball into the box from the left hand side with it dramatically going into the back of the net despite it looking more like a cross.

Five minutes later the second came when Andrew MacAskill swung in a corner and unmarked Nicholas Gray punished the Lossie defence for failing to mark him by heading it home.

At the other end Kevin Flett controlled the ball down well onto the deck and played the ball long to alert Ross Archibald but he was well tackled by a defender.

In the 15th minute the home side’s standing in Captain Stuart Cumming broke his leg due to a 50 50 challenge and then the referee stopped play after Cumming was placed on a stretcher. His injury looked very painful with him having to lay there for 30 minutes until an ambulance came to take him to the hospital. But Cumming got huge applause from the crowd as he was carried off the pitch.

His afternoon should have been great as he had the honour of having the armband due to Cameron Bowden getting injured in the warm up. But this wasn’t the case.

Soon after play resumed Lewis Davidson crossed the ball into Gray who was patiently waiting at the back post though his header went into the side netting. Gray had been on fire this afternoon and was infact the best performance I have seen from him.

Minutes later the home side got a third goal as McGowan stormed through the travelling team’s defence and his shot was saved but the ball finally fell to sub Craig MacAskill who was composed to slot the ball home.Not long after the MacAskill brothers combined brilliantly with Craig whipping in a perfect cross for Andrew who volleyed it narrowly over the bar.

In the 28th minute Nicholas Gray timed his run thoroughly intothe  box to get onto the end of a long ball and managed to outmuscle a defender so he could hit a sweet trick low into the corner of the net to bag his second and Turriff’s four.

Just after the interval Charlie Charlesworth brought on Aaron Hamilton and new signing Connor McCauley from Elgin City for the second half which brought loads of the energy to the team and his team’s passing was now super.

The first real chance of this half went to Andrew MacAskill who let fly with a blitzing strike which looked to be heading for the top corner but it sailed just wide. Soon after Aaron McKenna skilfully darted down the field and was unlucky to see his power shot strike off the post.

Minutes later, again McKenna showed his excellent creative play as he cut inside from the right flank to play the ball to Gray but he blazed over the cross-bar.

The next chance fell to former Aberdeen striker Darren Mackie as fellow sub Allen McKenzie crossed the ball into Mackie’s feet and he turned to take a powerful strike which went narrowly wide.

In the 76th minute Lossie got a goal back, it started with Anthony Ross making a nice tackle to steal the ball off of MacKenzie and Ross passed the ball to Hamilton and the ball fell to Scott Miller who slipped the ball into the net.

The final piece of action was a penalty claim for the visitors when McCauley was adjudged to have brought down but it wasn’t given by referee David Watt. This 4-1 victory for Turriff United sent them top of the league table but this was overshadowed by Stuart Cumming’s horrible injury.

Charlesworth was speaking to reporter Sean McAngus after his side lost 4-1 to Turriff United. Listen to the interview below:


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