Lossiemouth picked up their first league win of Kevin Walker's reign as
manager when they beat Strathspey Thistle thanks to a Tony Ross goal in
minute, moving off the bottom of the table and closing the gap on their opponents to three points.
The Coasters looked bright early on and Anthony Ross drilled a shot into the side netting from a tight angle in the 7th minute however it was to be a false dawn as Strathspey were to have the better of the first half.
Gary Sutherland was back in the Jags line up and he tested Earl Watson
with a well struck free kick. Having came up trumps on that occasion
the stopper then made a great save to keep out a Marc Macdonald volley
at the back post.
Terry Swinton and Gavin Chisholm both tried their luck from outside the
area but once again Watson was able to deny then before he showed great
reflexes to prevent Al Mackenzie from opening the scoring from six
Lossiemouth brought on Scott McIntosh at half time and moved into a more
conventional 4-4-2 formation which appeared to suit them better but
again it was Strathspey who should have taken the lead.
Both Gavin Smith and Ally Mackenzie were clean through with just the
keeper to beat but the on form Watson did enough to put them off and a
Gavin Smith 12 yard effort was cleared off the line.
However Lossie grew into the game and they grabbed the lead in the 70th minute when a clever stepover from Kevin Grant allowed Tony Ross the space to drill the ball past Willie Ridgers.
The Coasters grew in confidence from there and began to pass the ball
around with greater purpose, while the visitors were clearly dented by
the loss of the goal. Although they were unable to capitalise on a
better twenty minutes in the end Ross' strike proved to be enough as a
first clean sheet of the season brought Lossie all three points.
Full Time: Lossiemouth 1 Strathspey Thistle 0
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