Locos level on points with Turra

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Scottish Fitba Base at the Haughs

Turriff United 0-1 Inverurie Locos

Inverurie Locos levelled points with their opposition in 4th place as they grabbed a victory over Turriff United whose squad was down to the bare bones. Conditions were horrible and at the Haughs the pitch was very soft. Locos only made one change to the line up that drew with Fraserburgh which was putting Mark Souter on the bench and John Maitland started. Andy Hunter’s twentieth goal this season in the second half was enough to grab all three points.

The first real chance came for the hosts through Leszek Nowosieiski who curled a shot from 10 yards which looked goal bound, keeper Errol Watson just stood there watching the Polish dangerman’s powerful shot rattled off the crossbar.

Soon after David Booth showed great visual as he played a clever pass through to Nowosieiski who skillfully cut inside from the right flank and struck an effort which floated over the bar.

At the other end, Andy Hunter hit a free kick which keeper Kevin Main dropped but he managed to gather the ball before Locos could pounce to get an easy tap in.

The away side were given a deadly blow with their captain Neil McLean having to be taken off due to being badly winded and he was replaced by Martin Laing.

Not long after, Robert Allan stepped up to take a free kick which would have been the perfect position for West Ham’s Dimitri Payet if he had been involved in this game but Allan blasted it over the bar.

This half was filled with skills and lovely passing but it was missing a goal which was desperately needed.

Both sides came out for the second half all fired up and the deadlock was nearly broken by the home side as Booth’s low drive was brilliantly saved by the keeper.

Loco’s Martin Laing saw his snapshot from just outside of the crowded area go flying wide of the target.

Booth was proving to be the main threat for Inverurie as he ran onto the end of a Nowosieiski pass and managed to  cross the ball from the left into Jamie Beagrie but his header went wide of the target.

Soon after Jordan Leyden darted down the left wing and whipped the ball into Colin Charlesworth who performed a superb volley which looked goal bound however Main dived to save Charlesworth’s volley.

In the 65th minute Craig MacAskill came on to replace danger man Leszek Nowosieiski. Straight after the substitute there was a small penalty claim for Ross Jack’s side as Artjoms Kuznecovs was adjudged to have been brought down inside the box but referee Liam Duncan waved play on.

The deadlock was finally broken three minutes later by Locos, Martin Bavidge fired the ball to the backpost where unmarked Hunter was and he calmly tapped the ball into the net. It was a proper poacher’s goal as the away side punished their opponents for sloppy defending.

Inverurie did come close in doubling their lead through Bavidge who struck a shot which Main dived to his right to put out for a corner.

Leyden again was a creative genius as he drove down the left flank and passed the ball to Bavidge who turned on a six pence to fire a strike which the keeper had to make a point blank save to deny the player.

Sub MacAskill had a glorious chance to level the game from two yards but composure deserted him as he blasted the ball over the bar. Locos managed to hold out for the win despite some nervous moments late on. Booth put a diving header nearly wide as he rose highest in the penalty area. Then Lewis Davidson curled a free kick beautifully it looked to be heading for the top right corner of the net but it dipped just over.

The Chuff Chuffs were in great voice and one of them was even hitting a bell which looked like a cheese grater from distance. There are always funny moments at Highland League matches.

Referee Liam Duncan: 8/10  He kept his cards in his pocket. But failed to award a penalty for the hosts and made a couple of weird decisions.


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