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LIVELY LOCOS BATTER BANFFERS
 
Inverurie Locos 2-0 Deveronvale
 
Scorers: Bavidge 46, Laing 77
 
Vale suffered their second defeat in four days to an Aberdeenshire rival when they fell at Harlaw Park Inverurie in this midweek fixture.
Martin Bavidge and Martin Laing scored the all important goals in a second half which was pretty much controlled by the Garioch side after the visitors had had the upper hand in a goalless opening forty-five.
 
The first opportunity of the match fell to Paul Sutherland but after showing good pace and direction the number seven's effort clipped the top of the Locos crossbar on its way over the top.
 
Graeme Watt was next to try his luck but saw his effort blocked for what resulted in a couple of flag-kicks which caused a moment or two of panic in the home six-yard box before being eventually cleared.
 
Ross Aitken was taken out late by a clumsy and dangerous challenge from midfielder Greg Mitchell and was forced off with just fifteen minutes on the clock, Kyle Rae replaced the unfortunate right-back with Lewis Dunbar moving to the opposite full-back position.
 
The Banffers lost the momentum momentarily and Martin Laing sent a free back post harder narrowly wide for the Garioch side although Steve Dolan's were back on the ascendancy on the half-hour when Steven Fraser did likewise off Graeme Watt's set-piece into the danger area.
 
A ball over the top of the flat Vale defence found the experienced Martin Bavidge on the run towards goal but his fierce strike cleared James Blanchard's crossbar much to the relief of Steve Dolan's side who had had the lion's share of the half but failing to grab the initiative or really work home keeper Mathieson. HT
 
Locos got off to the perfect start as things got underway, Gordon Forsyth drove at the Vale defence's before playing a one-two with Joe McCabe and the reserve pass was sent across the face of goal and converted at the back stick by Martin Bavidge.
 
A moment of controversy five minutes later saw Locos score again only for the far-side assistant to rule the goal out as the ball had crossed the bye-line which was just as well for James Blanchard as the keeper had already made his way out of his goalmouth to collect the ball and was posted missing as the ball was turned home by Hunter.
 
The visitors came so close to equalising when Paul Sutherland turned the Locos defence inside-out only to watch on in agony as his strike crashed off the post and within minutes it was game over.
Gordon Forsyth swinging another dangerous ball in from the left and Martin Laing popping up at to net the crucial second of the evening from close range.
 
Blanchy saved well from substitute Jordan Leyden on two occasions as the Banff defence seemed to just fall apart in the late stages and in the end it was another blank and ultimate defeat for Steve Dolan and his young players after a bright start offered some real optimism for the Valley Crew especially given the recent performance against Huntly.
 
Vale: Blanchard, Dunbar, Aitken (Rae 16), *43 Begg, Forbes, Steven Fraser, Sutherland, Manson, Davidson (Keith 76), Duguid (Ross 70), Watt (cpt)
Subs: Patterson (gk)
 
Locos:Mathieson, Rennie, Forsyth, Mitchell (*70 Souter 62), *30 Jeffrey, Broadhurst, McCabe (Selfridge 85), *39 McLean, Hunter, Bavidge (Leyden 75), Laing
Subs: Charlesworth, Wilson, Morrison, Cook
Manager: Scott Buchan
 
Referee: Chris Fordyce
 
Vale Stats:
Efforts On: 1
Efforts Off: 2
Woodwork: 2
Corners: 7
Offside: 2
Overhead Conditions: Damp & Dreich
Playing Surface: Greasy
Temp at KO: 14 Deg C
Last Season: 
 
Reporter: Neil Montgomery
Reported LastEdited: 14-Sep-2016
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