Charlie Charlesworth’s return to Princess Royal Park with Lossiemouth was ruined by a Deveronvale side that ran out comfortable winners.
Colin Charlesworth set about ruining the family reunion with the opening goal after nineteen minutes, and Stuart Leslie scored his first for the club to increase the lead before half time. A second half double from Craig Cowie finally killed off Lossie, who pulled a goal back through Scott Miller with a dozen minutes left before having Willie Mathers sent off towards the end of the game.
The result sees Lossie stay in 16th place while Vale remain in 12th just behind Clachnacuddin.
Full time – Deveronvale 4-1 Lossiemouth
Lossiemouth – Connor Hall; Finlay Stables (Jordan McBain, 72), Darren Bailey (Jordan Main, 74), Tony Ross, Grant Mitchell, Scott Miller, Ryan Farquhar, Kevin Flett, Ross Archibald (Ryan Green, 72), Scott Dunn, Willie Mathers; Unused subs – Bryan Bell, Mark Hector, Callum Clark, Cameron Farquhar; Scorers – Scott Miller (78); Booked – Archibald, Farquhar, Mathers ; Sent off – Willie Mathers (80, second yellow)
Deveronvale – Darren McConnachie; Kyle Rae, Connor Rennie, Leigh Henderson, Craig Simpson (Liam Forbes, 52), Sean Keith, Craig Cowie, Graeme Rodger, Colin Charlesworth, Stuart Leslie (Martin Charlesworth, 70), Michele Lombardi (Philip Watt, 75); Unused subs – Ross Aitken, Liam Archibald, Glen Mutch (T), Rhys Fyfe; Scorers – Colin Charlesworth (19), Stuart Leslie (39), Craig Cowie (70, 75); Booked – None; Sent off – None
Lossiemouth and Deveronvale took a point each from an entertaining game at a windy Grant Park, but the Coasters will be happier with the outcome after playing for almost a full half with ten men. Scott Dunn opened the scoring midway through the first half, but Vale were level just before the break thanks to Martin Charlesworth. The dismissal of Kevin Flett left Lossie with a difficult second half but the hosts coped and saw the game out.
Lossie welcomed Ryan Farquhar back into the starting line-up, while Connor Hall was again in goals for the home side. Vale had a very familiar look about them, with four ex-Lossie players on the pitch at kick-off watched on by former Coasters supremo Charlie Charlesworth.
For all their recent woes, the winless visitors certainly didn’t look a side lacking in confidence as they took the game to Lossie early on, with Craig Cowie and Liam Archibald asking questions of Connor Hall in the opening stages.
Lossie then stole into the lead. Kyle Rae failed to keep Scott DUNN on a tight enough leash and the youngster took a touch before thumping an unstoppable shot past McConnachie. After scoring his third goal in three games Dunn went close to a fourth, forcing McConnachie to tip over the bar a free kick.
Vale sagged after the opening goal as their mix of experienced Highland League players and youngsters failed to click, and while the Banffers were ever industrious the visiting fans grew ever more frustrated with their sides’ lack of end product.
Lossie’s hopes of making it to the interval with their lead intact were dashed as the half drew to a close. Martin CHARLESWORTH raced on to a defence splitting pass and was unfazed by loud appeals for offside as he fired the ball below Hall to tie the game.
Half time – Lossiemouth 1-1 Deveronvale
Lossie were put under pressure almost immediately following the restart when Kevin Flett reacted to the attentions of Graeme Rodger by shoving him in the chest, and was quickly dismissed by the referee.
Vale made a double change short of the hour, subbing off Liam Archibald and Alan Quill for Craig Simpson and Philip Watt as the Banff side looked for a second goal, but the changes failed to improve things for the visitors who continued to labour as Lossie held firm.
Lossie made changes of their own with fifteen minutes remaining, and Willie Mathers, on for the goalscorer Dunn, could have swung the game back in favour of Lossie had his shot across the box connected with anyone, before instead rolling out for a goal kick.
The visitors had the ball in the net with three minutes to go but were denied a winner by the linesman’s flag. Lossie stifled the game in the closing moments by introducing Ryan Green for the hardworking Shawn Scott and made it to the final whistle, collecting their first home point of the season in the process.
Lossiemouth move onto another home game, this time against Forres Mechanics, as the packed August schedule continues. Deveronvale welcome Strathspey Thistle and Fort William to Princess Royal Park this coming week and will hope to at last find form against the perennial strugglers.
Full time – Lossiemouth 1-1 Deveronvale
Lossiemouth – Connor Hall, Tony Ross, Jordan Main, Chris Ross, Grant Mitchell, Kevin Flett, Ryan Farquhar (Scott Gordon, 73), Scott Miller, Shawn Scott (Ryan Green, 90+), Scott Dunn (Willie Mathers, 73), Darren Bailey; Unused subs – Jordan McBain, Scott Wilson, Errol Watson; Sent off – Kevin Flett (51)
Deveronvale – Darren McConnachie, Kyle Rae (Liam Forbes, 74), Scott Henry, Connor Rennie, Craig Cowie, JJ Urquhart, Martin Charlesworth, Graeme Rodger, Liam Archibald (Craig Simpson, 57), Colin Charlesworth, Alan Quill (Philip Watt, 57); Unused subs – Jack Presly, Ross Aitken, Jamie Wilmshurst, Rhys Fyfe
A hardworking Lossiemouth were denied any reward for their shift against Deveronvale as the hosts struck once in each half to claim the points. Martin Charlesworths deflected free kick put Vale ahead and growing hopes of a comeback were ended when Philip Watt headed home a second late on.
Shawn Scott made a quick return to Banff following his transfer to Lossie, while Ryan Green dropped the bench as Elliot Winter started the game looking to score for the third consecutive outing. The Vale side was well stocked with ex-Coasters, with Darren McConnachie, Colin Charlesworth and Ricky Wardrop all starting for the home side.
Both sets of fans were wary of a repeat of the first game between the sides this season, an industrial win for Vale at Grant Park, and the game featured enough early chances to give everyone hope a repeat wouldn’t be on the cards.
Ricky Wardrop had the first chance of the game, racing through onto a Craig Cowie pass but finding Errol Watson quick off his line to collect the ball after a heavy touch from the former Lossie man.
At the other end of the park Lossie were threatening to take the lead. Grant Mitchell had a free header at goal but could only power the ball into the hands of McConnachie, and from the side edge of the penalty area Shawn Scott flashes a shot across the face of goal without troubling the keeper. Biscuits was close to opening the scoring soon after, sprinting through the Vale defence to stare down McConnachie, only to see the keeper make a brave stop at the strikers feet.
Despite the promising signs for Lossie, the chances of an away win took a knock with just over half an hour played when Darren Bailey was ordered off for a lunge on Colin Charlesworth in front of the Vale dugout. The impassioned pleas from the bench made no odds to referee Graeme Beaton who was quick to flash the red card.
Five minutes before the break, Vale stole into the lead. Ricky Wardrop was fouled a dozen yards outside the Lossie penalty area, and Martin CHARLESWORTH’s free kick into the box took a deflection, sending Errol Watson the wrong way before bouncing off one post then the other and into the net.
Half time – Deveronvale 1-0 Lossiemouth
Ricky Wardrop continued to cause Lossie problems into the second half and within minutes of the restart found himself through on goal with only Watson to beat. With Watson and the Lossie defence appealing in vain for offside, Wardrop chose to try and lob the ball over the keeper, but succeeded in firing it high over the bar and almost out of the ground.
The difference in numbers made no difference to Lossie, who continued their patient build-up play and they were almost rewarded when second half sub Ryan Green lashed a powerful volley past McConnachie and onto the crossbar. With the Vale defence watching, Scott ran into try and score from the rebound but pushed his header just over the bar and onto the roof of the net.
Vale secured all three points with a second goal late in the game. Pressure from a couple of corners finally paid off when Philip WATT found space amongst a tiring Lossie defence to power home a fine diving header.
The result sees Lossie remain in fifteenth place, just behind Keith, and the Coasters have the chance to overtake the Maroons this week as they welcome Cove Rangers and Turriff United to Grant Park on Wednesday and Saturday respectively.
Full time – Deveronvale 2-0 Lossiemouth
Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Tony Ross, Scott Wilson, Kevin Flett (C), Grant Mitchell, Greig Watson, Ryan Farquhar, Callum Dunbar (Jordan McBain, 81), Elliot Winter (Ryan Green 51), Shawn Scott, Darren Bailey; Unused subs – Scott Dunn, Jamie McKinnon, Scott Miller; Booked – Scott Wilson; Sent off – Darren Bailey (36)
Deveronvale – Darren McConnachie, Ross Aitken, Craig Simpson, Scott Henry, Scott Fraser (C), Callum Rennie, Craig Cowie, Graeme Rodger (Philip Watt, 66), Martin Charlesworth, (Felipe Da Silva, 76), Colin Charlesworth, (Zander Jack, 78), Ricky Wardrop; Unused subs – Kyle Rae, Rhys Fyfe; Goals – Martin Charlesworth (41), Philip Watt (84); Booked – Colin Charlesworth; Sent off – None