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Runaway Loco's hit United for six

By David Porter

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Inverurie Loco's pre-season matches were a case of history repeating itself this week as they blasted in six past the opposition in the last two meet-ups.

Bridge of Don provided the venue for a tie against Hall Russell United and in a foreshadowing of what was to come at Turriff, both sides were fairly evenly matched for the first half hour, with Hall Russell opening the scoring and Neil Gauld bringing the sides back level before half-time.

It didn't take long for Locos to switch it up a gear with Andy Hunter, Keiran Shanks (2), Greg Mitchell and Nathan Meres all hitting the back of the net in close succession giving the visitors a comfortable but hard fought 6-1 win.

Locos vs Turriff United: Picture David Porter
Locos vs Turriff United: Picture David Porter

On Saturday it over to Turriff United on what was the hottest day of the year so far and in blistering sunshine the visitors once again set about the task.

The first 30 minutes saw both teams testing out the opposition, with a Calum Dingwall freekick offering Loco's first chance which went wide, while at the other end Andy Reid caught comfortably from a Turriff effort, one of the few times in the game he would be troubled by the home side.

It was on the half-hour that a clash in the Turriff box saw Keiran Shanks step up to hit it home for Loco's first with a shot that bounced around off the bar before eventually deciding to cross the line.

From then it didn't take long for Robert Ward to add a second as Turriff's defence started to show a lack of co-ordination in the summer sunshine.

Turriff's defensive failings became more apparent when Nathan Meres fired in a third at close range just before half-time.

United's Kyle Gordon saw a valiant attempt on Loco's goal strike the bar only for the visitors to promptly turn it around with Greg Mitchell heading home to make it four.

Neil Gauld was next on the score sheet for the visitors, a feat he repeated in injury time to make it Turriff United 0 - Inverurie Locos 6.

Next up for the Locos is the start of the Highland League campaign at Harlaw Park with the visit of Clachnacuddin, while Turriff United head to newcomers Brechin for their first match as a Highland League side following their relegation.

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