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Strathspey Thistle 0 – 2 Locos

Breedon Highland League

Locos secured a second victory on the road in the space of four days on Speyside. Goals from Callum Duncan and Myles Gaffney secured the points but there will be frustration that they weren’t able to kick on and press home their superiority.

Home goalkeeper Steve Martin had already saved twice from Gaffney when Duncan opened the scoring on 17 minutes, slotting home after Jay Halliday cut the ball back from the left. The Railwaymen immediately went looking for a second, Cole Anderson firing over the bar before Martin saved superbly from a Logan Johnstone effort that looked destined for the top corner.

Duncan went close again before the second goal came on the cusp of half time. Halliday was involved again, feeding Nathan Meres who picked out Gaffney in the penalty area who applied a first time finish with his left foot. There was optimism among fans at the break that Locos could go on and score more but the Jags proved resistant and there was nearly an hour on the clock before Martin was tested again, parrying another Johnstone drive.

The hosts were growing into the game and Ross Logan’s effort was deflected wide. Owen Loveland then found himself in a good position at the resulting corner but could only over the bar. Martin raced out of his goal to block a Gaffney strike but Meres was unable to capitalise when the ball fell to him, his shot drifting wide of the unguarded goal.

Jack Davison curled an effort just off target as Strathspey kept plugging away but it was not until the final minute that Blessing Oluyemi was called into action, getting down well to keep out Ian Ross’s low strike.

Locos were comfortable and will be delighted with another away win and a clean sheet. However, having got themselves into a strong position at half time, they couldn’t find the rhythm needed after the break to add to the scoring.

Locos now face a run of home fixtures, welcoming Forres Mechanics to Harlaw Park next Saturday.

Strathspey Thistle FC

1Steve Martin
2Owen Paterson 3
12Taylor Sutherland 22
5Ewan Neil
6Jack McKay
9Ross Logan
10Jack Davison
15James McShane
14Allan Kerr
28Owen Loveland 7
11Michael McKenzie
3Caelan Mutch 2
4Joe Cuthbert
7Iain Ross 28
22Jack Gilliland 12
25Ethan Rae

Inverurie Loco Works

1Blessing Oluyemi
2Mark Souter 20
3Thomas Reid 19
4Jay Halliday
5Paul Coutts
6Callum Duncan 15 17'
7Lloyd Robertson 14
8Milosz Ochmanski
9Nathan Meres
10Myles Gaffney 45'
11Logan Johnstone 16
14Cole Anderson 7
15Blair Smith 6
16Liam Morrison 11
17Sam Robertson
18Dem Yunus
19Anton Chauvin 3
20Calum Dingwall 2
21Greg Mitchell
23Zack Ellis