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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 16 44 WWDWW
2 Fraserburgh 17 41 WLWWW
3 Inverurie Locos 19 41 WDWWW
4 Brora Rangers 16 37 WLWWW
5 Buckie Thistle 17 32 LWLWD
6 Huntly 18 32 WWDWL
7 Formartine United 17 31 WWLWL
8 Forres Mechanics 17 30 WWWWW
9 Deveronvale 18 28 LWWWW
10 Rothes 17 27 WDLDW
11 Turriff United 17 24 WDLLL
12 Nairn County 16 22 WLLLL
13 Clachnacuddin 18 19 LLLWD
14 Wick Academy 15 16 LWLLD
15 Keith 17 8 LLLWD
16 Lossiemouth 18 5 LLLLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 18 3 LLLLL
18 Fort William 15 1 LLLLL

Recent Results

15-11-2017 20:00 - MM Aberdeenshire Shield First Round
Deveronvale 4 : 0 Aberdeen University
11-11-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 16
Inverurie Locos 3 : 1 Formartine United
Nairn County 2 : 4 Forres Mechanics
Strathspey Thistle 0 : 5 Rothes
Brora Rangers 7 : 0 Lossiemouth
Turriff United 1 : 3 Deveronvale
Clachnacuddin 1 : 1 Buckie Thistle
Huntly 1 : 3 Cove Rangers
08-11-2017 20:00 - SHFL Week 15
Keith 1 : 1 Wick Academy
Lossiemouth 0 : 3 Buckie Thistle
Nairn County 2 : 5 Huntly
Clachnacuddin 2 : 1 Fort William
04-11-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 15
Fraserburgh 4 : 1 Nairn County
Inverurie Locos 5 : 1 Wick Academy
Keith 6 : 1 Strathspey Thistle
Rothes 2 : 2 Huntly
Deveronvale 3 : 1 Clachnacuddin
Forres Mechanics 2 : 1 Turriff United

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18-11-2017 15:00 - Scottish Cup Third Round
Formartine United - : - Forfar Athletic
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