Clachnacuddin narrowly edged a lacklustre affair at Grant Street Park. Clach last week were looking to bounce back following a Scottish Cup thrashing to the hands of Hurlford United. Martin Johnson was named as a 'Trialist' on the Locos bench which was the main talking point of the game.
The first half never seemed to get going as both sides failed to register a single shot on target between them.
Locos came close in the 4th minute when a corner from captain Neil McLean eventually found David Ross in the box but his shot on the turn was blocked away from goal.
Minutes later Ross went down the right hand side and after some neat footwork he cut in onto his left foot and a defection from Gordon Morrison took the ball just wide of the Clach goal.
Blair Lawrie should have given the home side the lead after McGurk played an excellent long ball which found the nifty winger. Lawrie drove towards goal but his left footed shot dragged narrowly wide of goal.
Martin Bavidge then headed just wide minutes before half time after a long throw from Marc Young.
Locos got off to a bright start in the second half when they registered the first shot on target in the 46th minute. Dean Donaldson floated a cross from the left and found the head of the lively Ross whose header was acrobatically tipped over the bar by John Campbell.
10 minutes later Locos then had an excellent chance to take the lead. Maitland cut in from the right hand side and his cutback found Donaldson whose shot produced an excellent reaction save from Campbell to keep the scores level.
Clach had strong claims for a penalty with a quarter of an hour left as Martin Callum headed towards goal and his shot was blocked by a visiting hand. Clach players claimed furiously pleaded for a penalty but all claims were waved away by referee Martin Kerrigan.
Clach then came close 8 minutes from time when Daniel McLennan's left foot shot was palmed back into his path, he cutback to substitute Ross Grant and his shot beat the keeper but not Scott Begg on the Locos line as he hacked it clear.
Clach then took the chance when it came along with just 4 minutes left. Morrison’s long ball found substitute Ian Penwright who cheekily lobbed Forsyth and went 1 on 1 with Reid. Penwright kept his composure as he slotted the ball into the bottom left hand corner to the delight of the crowd and the players.
1-0 was how it ended with Clach edging the game. Manager Polworth will be delighted with the way they bounced back after last week with his opposite number disappointed the chances weren't taken.
FT Clach 1-0 Inverurie Locos
Reporter: Sean Selkirk