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Locos get back to winning ways against Fort William

Inverurie Loco Works 3 Fort William 0

After losing to Brora and drawing with Nairn midweek, Inverurie triumphantly returned to winning ways at Harlaw Park as they swept Fort William aside by 3 goals to nil.

A relatively quiet opening to the match saw neither side dominate as half chances came and went. In fact, it took a 20 yard half volley striking the cross bar from Locos makeshift centre back Gordon Forsyth on ten minutes to spark some interest from the crowd.

This was to prove to be a final warning for Fort as Inverurie broke the deadlock minutes later. David Ross did well to keep the ball in play at the back post and he somehow directed the ball past Richard Munro, across goal and into the path of the grateful Martin Bavidge who calmly slotted home.

A goal to the good, Inverurie began to shift through the gears as they continued to apply the required pressure to double their advantage with 24 minutes played. Neil McLean's curled cross led to a low Ross Still header towards the crowded goal line and as Fort failed to clear, Bavidge found himself in the perfect position to poke the ball into the net.

As the half entered injury time, Ian Foggo produced Fort William's first effort of the match as he struck for goal from 30 yards out, with his shot producing a fine save from Andy Reid.

Half time: Inverurie Loco Works 2-0 Fort William

Looking to put the game beyond doubt, Inverurie started the half in impressive form as Andy Hunter's cross picked out a lurking Neil Gauld in front of goal, only for his header to skim off the top of the cross bar.

Fort then set about reminding Inverurie that the game was still alive as Ian Foggo dispossessed Neil Gauld on the edge of the box and his effort at goal was smothered by Reid.

Fort were made to pay for this missed opportunity as an individual piece of set piece brilliance from Neil Gauld on the hour mark settled the match. Gauld deceived those expecting a cross and instead curled his free-kick off the inside of the far post and into the net.

Taking the shine off a fine performance, the final moments of the match saw a worrying injury for Andy Hunter as the midfielder was stretchered from the pitch after an accidental clash of legs as he fought for the ball.

Reporter: Andrew Raffan

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

Recent Results

15-08-2018 20:00 - Aberdeenshire Cup First Round
Fraserburgh 1 : 2 Huntly
15-08-2018 20:00 - IRN BRU Cup First Round
Cove Rangers 2 : 2 Montrose
14-08-2018 20:00 - IRN BRU Cup First Round
Inverurie Locos 0 : 1 Formartine United
11-08-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 3
Strathspey Thistle 0 : 4 Huntly
Inverurie Locos 2 : 4 Formartine United
Clachnacuddin 1 : 0 Lossiemouth
Fraserburgh 2 : 1 Brora Rangers
Keith 2 : 1 Rothes
Fort William 0 : 10 Turriff United
Cove Rangers 2 : 0 Buckie Thistle
Forres Mechanics 4 : 1 Nairn County
Wick Academy 0 : 2 Deveronvale
08-08-2018 20:00 - SHFL Week 2
Rothes 0 : 4 Cove Rangers
Deveronvale 1 : 4 Formartine United
Brora Rangers 2 : 1 Clachnacuddin
Turriff United 2 : 2 Inverurie Locos
Huntly 6 : 0 Fort William
Keith 0 : 3 Fraserburgh

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Next Fixtures

18-08-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 4
Turriff United - : - Strathspey Thistle
Formartine United - : - Wick Academy
Inverurie Locos - : - Fort William
Huntly - : - Cove Rangers
Brora Rangers - : - Rothes
Lossiemouth - : - Fraserburgh
Buckie Thistle - : - Keith
Nairn County - : - Clachnacuddin
Deveronvale - : - Forres Mechanics
21-08-2018 20:00 - Aberdeenshire Cup First Round
Inverurie Locos - : - Banks O' Dee

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