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Clach picked up where they left off last week as they came from behind to hammer Lossiemouth at Grant Street.

The game got off to a slow start with most of the play being in midfield and both teams punting it from one end to the other trying to use the strikers pace.

Lossie won a free kick in a promising position on the edge of the box.  Shawn Scott stepped up and got it up and over the wall but John Campbell held on well in the Clach goal.

A quarter of an hour in a wonderful corner from Fraser Robertson fell to the feet of Martin Callum but his shot didn't quite get enough power behind it and Connor Hall held on.

Blair Lawrie was up to his usual tricks jinking in and out of challenges across the park. But in the 21st minute he avoided two challenges outside the Lossie box before lashing a shot goalwards but it just brushed the post.

Just before the break, following a corner there was a scramble in the Clach area with the ball being pin-balled all over the box. The ball fell to Sam Milton but his shot cleared the bar.

The second half started the same as the first. Ian Penwright was looking eager and lively in the opening minutes carving out three chances in the first six minutes. Firstly Lawrie played a fabulous through ball and Penwright beat the offside flag but his powerful shot was saved by the feet of Hall.

Minutes later Lawrie played a corner into the area but Penwright's header cleared the bar when it was probably easier to score than miss. A minute later he played a one-two with Lawrie on the edge of the area but Hall again gathered the shot gratefully.

In the 67th minute the game sparked into life. Lossie won a free kick just inside the Clach area and Shawn Scott took it quickly, excellently spotting the run of Scott Miller who coolly lobbed the onrushing Campbell and the ball nestled in the back of the net.

Just two minutes later Aaron Hamilton was shown his second yellow card for a late tackle on Blair Lawrie. Clach manager Iain Polworth rung the chances bringing on Morrison and Brindle to capitalise on this chance.

Lossie were looking like they were going to hold on to the three points but 10 minutes from the time Clach made them pay.

Gordon Morrison made an instant impact getting in behind the Lossie defence before being brought down by Bryan Bell. Morrison dusted himself down and stepped up and smashed the ball into the top left hand corner to level the scores.

A minute later Clach took the lead. A Lawrie corner was cleared to Brindle whose volley looked goal bound but McGurk provided a neat flick to beat Hall and to swing the game into Clach's favour.

Clach were looking threatening every time they got the ball. Young striker Scott Davidson found himself on the score sheet two weeks running. Lawrie played an exquisite through ball and Davidson lobbed Hall smartly.

Lawrie then got himself on the score sheet three from time. Brindle played a ball to Lawrie's feet and Lawrie turned the whole defence before racing through one on one with Hall. Lawrie finished with his left foot burying the ball in the bottom left hand corner. Lossie were looking deflated and had no answer to Clach’s onslaught.

Just before the end Penwright was awarded for his hard work as he bagged number five. He looked to be offside but play was waved on as he raced through one on one and the same as Davidson he flicked it over Hall and took it down again finishing with his left foot. Lossie were furious as Penwright did appear to be marginally offside.

Polworth will have been delighted with how his team rallied to turn this game around.

Reporter: Sean Selkirk

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