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Sat 25th Oct - Inverurie 2 Huntly 0

A goal in each half by Inverurie saw Huntly’s poor record at Harlaw Park continue with no wins at the venue since February 2009.

Locos were still missing injured goalkeeper Andrew Reid as they went with the same starting eleven which defeated Keith 3-1 midweek. Huntly had Sam McKenzie drop out of the starting line-up in the warm-up through a knee problem as Lewis Ingram came in for a start.

The home side threatened after two minutes when former Huntly defender Ross Anderson headed wide unchallenged. Martin Bavidge then found the side-netting with a left-footed drive on the quarter-hour mark after getting in between defender and full-back.

Ingram is still chasing his first Huntly goal and forced a low save from Scott Mathieson after a Mark Gray attempt was blocked. Locos were still pushing for an opener and created further chances when Fraser Hobday got down to hold a Bavidge drive after the forward dragged the ball onto his right foot. Shortly after, a quick pass from Neil McLean played in Jordan Leyden as Hobday tipped over.

The deadlock was broken in the 34th minute when Locos were awarded a penalty after a Blair Johnston trip on Leyden. Bavidge sent the goalkeeper the wrong with his third penalty of the campaign to bring his tally to 12 for the season.

Craig Dorrat ran on to a Neale Davidson lay-off five minutes later before firing wide of the upright while Hobday again denied the opposition before the break when he held a David Ross effort.

A controversial moment in the 59th minute saw Adam McNamee tripped by Greg Mitchell as he ran towards the opposition box. Mitchell was cautioned for the challenge while there were strong protests from the visiting players who felt it was a goal scoring opportunity. Captain Mark Lawson was cautioned for asking referee Calum Spence about the decision. Callum Dunbar struck the dead ball up and over the wall as Mathieson held. A point-blank stop from Hobday kept out McLean as the home side were looking to double their lead.

In the 67th minute, Scott Mathieson was pulled up for handling a back pass. Mathieson’s reaction to the decision saw the keeper throw the ball out of play which resulted in a caution. Substitute David Booth rolled the free kick short to Neale Davidson but McLean did well to block.

There were claims for a penalty from the hosts when they felt Gray had handled against Leyden. The scored was doubled in the 73rd minute when Ross had time on the ball and his low drive took a nick off a Huntly leg to find the bottom corner.

Huntly picked up their first red card of the season when Dorrat was shown a second yellow card following a late challenge. Vilius Makaravičius drilled across the face of goal late one while Huntly finished the game with nine men after Dunbar went down with a shoulder injury into stoppage time.

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