Locos hold Shire to a draw

Neil Gauld netted his 24th goal of the season against Nairn
Neil Gauld netted his 24th goal of the season against Nairn

Inverurie Locos continued their pre season preparations with a Saturday afternoon away day at the Grangemouth Sports Centre against Scottish League opposition East Stirlingshire.

With the sound of the Chuff Chuffs’ bugles, drums and tambourines resounding loudly from the stand, this was never going to be a low key key event. Wearing yellow tops and royal shorts, Locos were a goal behind at half time but had a good chance in the opening 45, David Ross almost putting his side ahead from a Neil Gauld centre

Into the second period, Greg Mitchell was just too high with a free kick while at the other end Shire hit the post with an over hit cross then hit the bar with the rebound. And with fifteen minutes to go a Ross shot was just too high

Although the visitors went two behind, a bigger concern was the withdrawal through injury of Kieran Adams and Mark Souter

However to the rescue once again came the enigmatic Neil Gauld, netting two excellent goals in the closing five minutes to earn a draw. Indeed Gauldy came close to a winner with a header before sub Ryan Keir looked odds on to net as the full time whistle blew

Another very useful exercise for the squad and this Saturday they travel away again, this time to Spartans, kick off 1pm.

Team: Mathieson, Young, Still, McLean, Adams, Anderson, Hunter, Souter, Gauld, Mitchell, Ross

Subs: Keir, Forsyth, Buchan, Coull, Reid

Meanwhile preparations continue for Neil McLean’s much awaited and well deserved Testimonial match against Aberdeen FC. Kick off at Harlaw Park on Saturday, July 26, is at 3pm

Tickets on sale from Scotframe, Strachan’s Newsagents, The Port Paper Shop as well as the Aberdeen FC Ticket Office

In next week’s paper we will look forward to the big game and offer a brief flavour of the reading to be expected in Neil’s Testimonial Souvenir Match Programme