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Two goals either side of half-time ensured that it was a return to winning ways for Lossiemouth.

A first-half strike from Shawn Scott and a second-half goal from Martin Charlesworth ended a run of three consecutive defeats. 

It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Coasters though, as a late strike from Jags forward Nicholas Stein lead to a nervy finish for Charlie Charlesworth’s men. 

Lossiemouth started the brighter of the two sides at Seafield Park, going close twice inside the opening 10 minutes.

A Joao Rodrigues cross flashed across the face of the goal to be met by an unmarked Ricky Wardrop at the back post. But he couldn’t provide the composed finish required. 

Minutes later, a cross from William Mathers was met by the head of Scott, who headed over from inside the area.  

Linking-up well throughout the first half were the Coasters two men up front, Wardrop and Scott, and this was evident in the build-up to the opening strike of the game. 

A fortunate touch from Mathers turned into a powerful run infield. He passed to Wardrop, who played a lovely ball for Scott to poke an effort past Thistle keeper Stewart Black from inside the box. 

The Jags were fortunate not to go in at half-time trailing by two goals, when a misplaced pass in defence found its way into the path of Tony Ross whose tame shot was saved by Black. 

After the break, the home side started brightly. 

Jack Maley, who showed strong running throughout the game, played a teasing cross into the box to be met by the head of a Jags attacker who headed over.

This bright start to the second half for Thistle didn’t last, unfortunately for the home support.

A Mathers free-kick was stopped by keeper Black, minutes before Lossie doubled their lead. 

A Rodrigues shot was saved by Black, who could only palm the ball into the path of Charlesworth – a second-half substitute who replaced Scott – whose shot crossed the goal-line. 

Confusion ensued following this, with the linesman appearing at first not to give the goal, leaving the decision with the referee, who subsequently blew his whistle and pointed in the direction of the centre spot, to signal a goal had been scored. 

Just moments after Charlesworth had doubled the lead for the Coasters in the 65th minute, he had a chance to add to his tally for the afternoon. 

Having connected with cross from Ross, unfortunately for the travelling support, his shot was straight at Black.

With the match nearing its finish – the home side ended on a high. 

A Jack Maley shot in the 73rd minute, saved by Darren McConnachie in the Lossie goal, spurred the Jags into life. 

Strathspey had renewed energy, helped by some strong running from second-half substitute Donald MacPhee.

But their goal in the 89th minute came all too late to make an impact on the game. 

It came when Stein found himself inside the Lossiemouth area and he struck the ball past the onrushing McConnachie.  

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