Locos and Broch draw an entertaining blank

Fraserburgh keeper Cowe denies Locos again.
Fraserburgh keeper Cowe denies Locos again.

Although both Inverurie Locos and Fraserbugh sides were looking to claim the full points to keep themselves within the chasing pack, this will go down as one of the most entertaining goalless draws you will see and it gave the supporters of both sides their money’s worth.

Locos also drew a blank in midweek as they exited the Aberdeenshire Shield beaten by a single goal at home to Turriff United, and back into the side came captain Neil McLean, replacing the injured David Ross.

The first opening came the Red and Blacks’ way, McLean seizing possession and linking with Martin Bavidge. The veteran striker wriggled past several players before cutting the back from the left goal line. However Jordan Leyden, ghosting in from the right, could not get enough purchase on the final shot.

Fraserburgh worked their way into the game and their best attempt was from former Scottish Semi-pro Graham Johnston curling an outstanding 30 yard strike which required an acrobatic save from Scott Mathieson. From the flag kick Willie West forced Scott Mathieson to show his mettle by again making a vital save.

It looked like the visitors would go in at the interval one up, Scott Fowlie feeding West, whose deflected effort went flying against the upright and easing away from the home goal.

With new signing Martin Laing on as a half time substitute, Locos seemed to have more urgency in their play, a header from Bavidge bringing out an instinct save from Scott Cowe who was then to make classy saves from headers by Scott Begg and Ross Anderson in quick succession.

At the other end Mathieson took centre stage saving a Dickson effort from distance and yet another diving save from a Johnston free kick

Young striker Dean Still was thrown into the fray for the last nine minutes replacing Bavidge who had worked his socks off but it was not to be a dream debut for the teenager

To cap a frustrating afternoon for the injury ravaged Harlaw Park club, consistent centre back Ryan Broadhurst was sent off after collecting two yellow cards for challenges in reasonably quick succession.

Inverurie Locos: Mathieson, Mitchell, Maitland, Begg, Anderson, Broadhurst, Leyden, McLean, Donaldson, Bavidge, Young

Subs: R Still, Laing, Michie, Keir, D Still, Reid (GK)

Fraserburgh: Cowe, Main, McBride, R Cowie, Dickson, M Cowie, Fowlie, West, Noble, Johnston, S Barbour

Subs: Hay, Davidson, Combe, Buchan, Christie, Chalmers, J Barbour (GK)