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Saturday 29th October - Locos 3 Strathspey 0

High on confidence after a strong midweek result over Deveronvale, Inverurie continued their recent good run of form with a commanding victory over Strathspey. 

Andy Hunter put the home side ahead early in the game before Martin Laing and an own goal from Richard Finnis secured the points in the second half.

The writing was on the wall for Strathspey early on as Inverurie struck the crossbar within the opening five minutes.

Colin Charlesworth then provided a heavily weighted corner to find Jordan Leyden lurking at the back of the box. He was able to take the ball back into a dangerous position only to see his resulting shot clip the crossbar.

Inverurie sustained their pressure resulting in an opportunistic Hunter breaking the deadlock just a minute later.

The assist came via a thundering Joe McCabe effort from the edge of the box which clipped the underside of the crossbar, and with Locos players claiming the ball had crossed the line, Hunter ended the debate with a well-placed rebound effort past Stewart Black from six yards out. 

As Locos became more and more comfortable in possession, the intensity of the match dropped, seeing only a handful of opportunities created by the home side.

The best came through the patient work of Leyden on the right wing who worked his way inside the box before firing a tame effort on goal. 

Spotting the loose ball, Hunter pounded, only to see his shot agonisingly deflected high over the crossbar in front of goal.

Having created very little throughout the game, Strathspey closed out the half with a series of corners which Inverurie were able to away from the untested Scott Mathieson. 

Mirroring the early intensity of the opening half, Inverurie came out of the break seemingly intent on doubling their advantage. A reaction save from Black all but kept Strathspey in the game as Leyden's free-kick received a deft flick on from Charlesworth, requiring the keeper to make a low save to his right.

As Strathspey absorbed this pressure, Inverurie looked to the wings to breakdown the stubborn defence. A long ball down the right flank provided Charlesworth with the time to control the ball before firing a low effort across goal, only to see his effort drift agonisingly wide of the far post. 

Dominating in possession, Inverurie controlled the centre of the pitch, seeing centre-back Ross Anderson momentarily promoted to midfielder and he provided the perfect pass to feed in McCabe, whose shot was brilliantly blocked by the oncoming Black.

Eventually the Strathspey defence cracked as Laing gave Locos a deserved second goal. 

With space once again available on the wing, Kyle Willox whipped in a high effort from the left which required a stretching save from Black. Finding himself in the perfect position, Laing picked his spot as he converted the rebound from six yards.

With the game moving into the final minutes, Strathspey finally registered their first effort at goal as Ryan MacLeod stood over a free-kick 25 yards out. Aiming for the far top corner, MacLeod applied too much power to his effort, seeing his shot rise above goal.

Inverurie continued to press throughout the remainder of the match and were rewarded with a late third goal, albeit through a piece of misfortune for Strathspey.

The build-up saw Locos substitutes combine as Neil McLean advanced through midfield before laying the ball wide for Martin Bavidge to dummy for Laing.

Aiming his effort low across goal, Laing's effort was well saved by Black, only for the loose ball to deflect into the net off the unfortunate Finnis.

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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