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Sat 14th Feb - Forres 6 Rothes 2

Forres Mechanics inflicted a heavy defeat on Rothes for the second week running, this time beating them 6-2 in a league match at Mosset Park to avenge the 5-2 defeat that the Can-Cans suffered at the hands of the Speysiders when the two sides met at Mackessock Park last October.

Absent from the game for Forres was the hero of last week’s Highland League Cup encounter, Stuart Soane, who picked an injury during the week.

Mechanics did not start at quickly as they did last week, however they still found themselves 1-0 up after a quarter of an hour. The goal was one of really high quality one touch football, with the visitors unable to get a foot to the ball during the one minute build up. The ball was slid through to Duncan Jones, who was 25 yards out in a central position. The midfielder then played a first time ball out to the right wing into the path of the onrushing Simon Allan. Allan whipped a brilliant first time cross into the six yard box. This left unmarked striker Lee Fraser with the simple task of nodding the ball into the left hand side of the net from point blank range, giving Speysiders stopper Craig Ferguson no chance.

The Can-Cans doubled their advantage seven minutes later. An in-swinging left wing corner from Allan, which was played right into the six yard box, was nodded home by defender Steven Fraser into the bottom left hand corner of the net from a few yards out.

The remainder of the first half was quite a dull affair, with neither side creating any meaningful chances that troubled either goalkeeper.

In the second half, four goals in nine minutes really sparked the game into life. On 53 minutes, the home side scored a third. Lee Fraser picked up the ball on the left wing and went on a jinxing run to get into the penalty box, beating two or three Rothes players in the process, before squaring the ball to left-back Paul Smith, whose first time 15- yard effort went in off the underside of the bar. Referee Liam Duncan initially ruled the goal out but he was then overruled by one of his linesman, who judged that the ball had actually crossed the line.

Two minutes later, Scott Moore added a fourth by curling a shot from 8 yards out into the bottom right hand corner of the net. However, the visitors were not willing to throw in the towel just yet and they got a goal back almost straight from the restart. A mix up in the Can-Cans’ defence allowed Speysiders frontman Stuart Hodge to bundle the ball home from point blank range.

The comeback continued two minutes after the hour mark. A right wing free-kick from Paul Winton was played towards the edge of the six yard box. While coming to collect the cross, Forres keeper Stuart Knight collided with Lee Fraser and consequently he could only deflect the ball a few yards further away from goal. Speysiders defender Gary Lamberton looped a 10 yard box over the helpless Knight into the back of the net to decrease the deficit to two goals.

Spurred on by two goals in six minutes, the visitors looked dangerous and pushed to get another goal back. However, the home defence stood firm.

The Can-Cans seized back control of the match by scoring a fifth on 68 minutes. Standing slightly right of centre, Forres winger Craig McGovern bent a fantastic 25 yard free kick into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

One minute into injury time at the end of the 90 minutes, Speysiders right-back Andrew Corbett was sent off for a second bookable offence, having only picked up his first yellow card a minute earlier. From the resulting free-kick, Forres’ Andrew Fraser scored again to increase his side’s margin of victory.

Reporter: Daniel Breerton

Post Match Reaction

Charlie Rowley: “The two goals that we conceded took a little bit of gloss off of our performance, but we thoroughly deserved to win. We might have won by more, but it is difficult to face the same team two weeks in a row. I thought our first half performance was the catalyst for the victory because we didn’t give Rothes any impetus whatsoever. It was another comprehensive victory for us today.”

League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 34 90 WWLWL
2 Formartine United 34 79 WWWWW
3 Inverurie Locos 34 78 WLWWW
4 Fraserburgh 34 73 LLWWW
5 Forres Mechanics 34 73 WWWWW
6 Brora Rangers 34 63 LWLWW
7 Buckie Thistle 34 51 LDDLW
8 Deveronvale 34 51 LWDWW
9 Nairn County 34 51 DWWLW
10 Rothes 34 49 LLWLW
11 Huntly 34 49 LLDWL
12 Wick Academy 34 46 DLLLL
13 Clachnacuddin 34 41 LLWLD
14 Turriff United 34 37 WLLWL
15 Keith 34 16 LDWLD
16 Lossiemouth 34 15 LLDLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 34 14 LLDLL
18 Fort William 34 5 DLLLD

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