Category: Forres Mechanics

Forres Mechanics 3-2 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 22nd October 2014

Lossiemouth made the short journey to Mosset Park where they were narrowly beaten by Forres Mechanics.

The Coasters started the game with Chris Stuart in goals, deputising for the suspended Connor Hall, but the early action was at the other end of the pitch where Lossie had the ball in the net after only a minute, but Scott Miller saw his effort ruled out for offside.

Lossie had the ball in the net two minutes later and this time it counted. Willie Mathers curled in a corner and Paul SMITH saw his attempted clearance fly into the net to give Lossie the lead.

Forres levelled ten minutes before the break through Craig MCGOVERN, and the sides remained tied as they headed off at half time.

Forres powered into the lead just before the hour through Kyle SCOTT, and with five minutes left Lee FRASER made sure of the points with a third goal for the hosts.

Scott MILLER made up for his earlier disallowed effort and set up a grandstand finish when he scored straight from the restart, but Forres held on to claim their third win of the season against Lossie.

Full time – Forres Mechanics 3-2 Lossiemouth

Lossiemouth – Chris Stuart, Scott Wilson (Chris Ross, 30), Scott Gordon (Ryan Green, 90), Anthony Ross, Grant Mitchell, Darren Bailey, Ryan Farquhar (Jordan McBain, 69), Scott Miller, Shawn Scott, Scott Dunn, Willie Mathers; Unused subs – Kevin Flett, Jordan Main

Forres Mechanics – Stuart Knight, Paul Smith, Simon Allan, Graham Fraser, Kris Duncan (Andrew Fraser, 72), Lee Fraser (Ross Archibald, 85), Kyle Scott, Craig McGovern, Stephen Fraser, Dachi Khutsishvili, Stuart Soane (Scott Moore, 10); Unused subs – Fraser Forbes, Brandon Hutcheson, Mark Bowden

Referee – Craig Sim

Lossiemouth 1-2 Forres Mechanics – SHFL – 20th August 2014

Lossiemouth were narrowly beaten by Forres Mechanics at Grant Park, with all three goals coming in the first half. Scott Miller scored an unfortunate own goal to put the visitors ahead before Kyle Scott doubled the Can Can’s lead midway through the half. Miller scored at the right end as the half ran down, but Lossie failed to capitalise on an improved second half performance and stumbled to defeat, their second in a week to the same opposition.

The Coasters travel to Turriff United this Saturday (20/08/14).

Lossiemouth 2-2* Forres Mechanics – North of Scotland Cup – 13th August 2014

Lossiemouth made a dramatic exit from the North of Scotland Cup following a penalty shoot-out against Forres Mechanics. Goals in either half from Scott Dunn and Willie Mathers either side of a Craig McGovern effort had Lossie in control late on, but a classy Kyle Scott leveller sent the game to a shoot-out, and Forres kept their composure to score three times from the spot while Lossie missed with all but their first.

Lossiemouth were again without Ryans Green and Farquhar and started with the same side that won at Huntly on the weekend. Forres, winless thus far in the league, had former Coaster Simon Allan in the starting line up while Ross Archibald missed out.

Early goals have become a feature of Lossie games this season and Darren Bailey set up Scott DUNN to open the scoring after a dozen minutes, the youngsters second goal in as many games.

Kyle Scott went close for the visitors as he headed wide soon after, and with just under half an hour played Forres were handed the chance to draw level from the spot. Paul Smith was felled by a Chris Ross challenge inside the area, but Connor Hall came to his sides rescue when he pushed away Duncan Jones spot-kick.

The miss did nothing to dent Forres’ enthusiasm but they failed to turn their possession into an equaliser, with two Simon Allan free kicks – one saved, one hit over the bar – as close as Forres would come in the remainder of the first half.

Half time – Lossiemouth 1-0 Forres Mechanics

Lossie started the second half brightly and came within a coat of paint of doubling their when Dunn rattled a free kick off the frame of the goal.

Forres got the equaliser their play deserved with just short of an hour played, when Craig MCGOVERN knocked the ball home from close range following good work from second half sub Fraser Forbes.

Lossie made changes in a bid to upset Forres rhythm, and the addition of Willie MATHERS paid off almost immediately. Left unmarked by an unusually slack Forres defence, Mathers had time to pick his spot when shooting from the edge of the box.

The lead was short-lived, however, and Kyle SCOTT gave Hall no chance when he curled the ball towards the base of the post and into the net.

Full time – Lossiemouth 2-2 Forres Mechanics

With the current NoS Cup format eschewing extra time, the game headed straight to penalties. Kevin Flett, clearly still full of confidence after beating Grant Pennet of Huntly with a postage stamp spot kick at the weekend, went first and converted, and was swiftly followed by Andy Fraser of Forres who fired the ball into the corner of the net. Scott Miller and Scott Dunn saw their strikes saved either side of a successful Simon Allan effort, and when Kyle Scott put his away the pressure was all on Shawn Scott to keep Lossie in the tie, but he blazed his kick over the bar to send Forres through to a semi-final against Elgin City, with the winners playing Wick Academy or Brora Rangers.

Full time after penalties – Lossiemouth 1-3 Forres Mechanics

Lossiemouth – Connor Hall, Scott Wilson (Tony Ross, 46), Jordan Main, Chris Ross, Grant Mitchell, Kevin Flett, Jordan McBain (Willie Mathers, 68), Scott Miller, Shawn Scott, Scott Dunn, Darren Bailey; Unused subs – Mark Hector, Greig Watson, Finlay Stables, Scott Gordon, Errol Watson

Forres Mechanics – Mark Bowden, Simon Allan, Paul Smith, Graham Fraser, Steven Fraser, Duncan Jones (Fraser Forbes, 46), Scott Moore (David Calder, 89), Kris Duncan (Andrew Fraser, 89), Kyle Scott, Craig McGovern, Stuart Soane; Unused subs – Ryan Mackintosh, Stuart Knight

Referee – David Watt




Lossiemouth 1-1 Forres Mechanics – SHFL – 08th February 2014

Lossiemouth and Forres Mechanics played out a feisty draw at a windy Grant Park, with both sides taking advantage of the howling gale and dominating a half of the game each. Stuart Soane headed Forres into a first half lead, but moments after the break Jordan McBain levelled for Lossie, who tried to find a second goal but had to settle for a point.

The leagues most inbred fixture commenced with ex-Can Can Ryan Green in the Lossie line-up, while Ross Archibald returned to fitness and a place on the bench for Forres.

From kick-off, the weather was a major influence on the game and Forres threatened to make the most of it, pressing Lossie back and forcing a number of early corners as Lossie struggled to clear their lines.

The opening goal came on 18 minutes, and started from an enclosure side free kick. The dead ball was curled into the area where it met a perfectly timed diving header from Stuart SOANE and sailed past Watson.

Forres continued to push Lossie back, forcing a number of corners and keeping Errol Watson busy but rarely looking as threatening as last week when Cove were dismantled at Mosset Park.

A bizarre incident late in the half saw Lossie first awarded a penalty before the referee changed his mind. Ryan Farquhar steamed into the box before being felled by Stuart Knight. Referee Mark Stewart stopped play and pointed to the spot, only to then consult with his linesman and change his mind. To prevent any arguments, Stewart then offered Knight an uncontested drop ball and the keeper launched it downfield from his hands before anyone could ask for an explanation.

Half time – Lossiemouth 0-1 Forres Mechanics

Within minutes of the restart Lossie were level. Jordan MCBAIN took up possession inside the penalty area and curled a shot out past Knight and back in at the far post to square the game, as composed a finish as you’ll see all season at Grant Park.

The remainder of the second half failed to hit the heights of the opening minutes, and a procession of bookings and substitutes broke the game up to the point where all rhythm was lost. Ross Archibald made a return to the Forres side from the bench and, despite an injury scare shortly after taking to the field, saw out the rest of the game.

Lossie almost stole all three points in the closing minutes when Greig Watson attempted to lob Knight from well outside the penalty area. The ball had Knight beaten but dropped a foot or so wide of the goal frame, and the sides called it a draw.

The point moves Lossie closer to Keith who were thumped 9-0 at Brora this afternoon and visit Grant Park in a fortnight, while Forres continue to linger in mid-table all the time looking over their shoulder as teams reel them in.

Full time – Lossiemouth 1-1 Forres Mechanics

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Scott Wilson, Scott Dunn, Chris Ross, Grant Mitchell, Greig Watson, Ryan Farquhar (Scott Miller, 73), Liam Archibald, Jordan McBain, Ryan Green (Callum Dunbar, 82), Willie Mathers, (Darren Bailey, 68)
Forres Mechanics – Stuart Knight, Simon Allan, Paul Smith, Graeme Grant, Graham Fraser, Ryan Mackintosh (Kris Duncan, 66), Stuart Soane, Scott Moore (Duncan Jones, 81), Lee Fraser, Kyle Scott, Craig McGovern (Ross Archibald, 81)

Lossiemouth 4-0 Forres Mechanics – SHFL – 16th April 2011

A season defining performance saw Lossiemouth overcome local minnows Forres Mechanics to record their biggest win of the season. Goals from Ross Archibald, Steven Ellis, Nikki Smith and Scott Matheson, combined with a penalty save from Darren McConnachie, made a mockery of the Can Cans title aspirations and gave Lossie the chance to reach fifty points for the season.

Ricky Wardrop started for Lossie against his old club while former Can Cans Tony Ross and Scott Matheson were sat in the Lossie dugout, and Colin Charlesworth returned from injury to occupy the bench. Forres went into the game five points off top with five games to play, and had former Coasters Simon Allan in the starting line-up and Steve Dunn riding the pine pony.

Forres looked like they meant business in the opening stages, thumping the ball high and long and pressing Lossie back to the edge of their box to defend a series of corners. Any big side would have taken advantage of at least one of the half dozen set pieces attempted in the first twenty minutes but Forres ended their spell of pressure without a shot on target.

With their first attack Lossie made Forres pay for their lack of sharpness in front of goal, and did it with a simple three man move. Darren McConnachies long kick from goal was taken down by Nikki Smith in midfield and played through to Ross ARCHIBALD, who raced clear of a stationary defence before rifling the ball past a helpless Knight. The youngsters first goal came against Forres and his latest was welcomed just as warmly by the home support.

Encouraged by a sizeable travelling support, Forres looked for a leveller. Simon Allan came close when he rattled the crossbar with a free kick, but was off target with an effort from the edge of the penalty area which sailed past the upright.

With the first half drawing to a close, Lossie grabbed a second goal. Nikki Smith was again involved, drawing a save from Knight inside the area. The loose ball was pounced upon by Ross Archibald who saw his shot blocked by Knight, but Steven ELLIS was on hand to knock the ball over the line amid a penalty area of full of despairing Forres players.

Half time – Lossiemouth 2 Forres Mechanics 0

Lossie emerged for the second half some minutes ahead of their struggling opposition, but whatever tactical masterplan the Mechanics management kept everyone waiting for went to waste as their players continued with the same clumsy long ball style seen in the first half. Lossie had the ball in the net early in the half but a very, very tight offside decision saw Ross Archibalds second goal of the afternoon ruled out.

The Coasters could smell blood, and the hardworking Nikki SMITH bagged a goal of his own to finish the game with almost half an hour left to play. Sent through on goal by a clinical Ellis pass, Smith curled the ball beyond Knight and the relief at scoring after some fruitless weeks was evident in the youngsters celebration with his team mates.

Forres had played three quarters of the game without a clear shot at goal, but referee Graham Beaton offered the visitors a route back into the game when he awarded them a penalty after Lee Fraser was felled in the box. The visitors performance was summed up by Kyle Scotts spot kick – tame, slow, and straight down the middle. Darren McConnachie was already on the ground waiting for the ball by the time it reached him, the save allowing Lossie to keep another clean sheet at home.

With that miss, the visitors were finished. All that remained was for Lossie to turn a good afternoon into a great one, and Scott MATHESONS last minute strike ensured Forres were well and truly thumped. Matheson was wise to a ball over the top and raced onto it through a tired defence before slipping it past Knight and in at the far post. Despite conceding four, the keeper had done little wrong during the game and was entitled to ask questions of his teammates who between them hadn’t managed a single shot at goal from open play.

The home support roared for a fifth in the remaining seconds but the kindly referee blew for time and put a visibly broken Forres out of their misery, ending a fine afternoon for a Lossie side who had shown their near neighbours just how the game should be played.

Full time – Lossiemouth 4 Forres Mechanics 0

Lossiemouth – Darren McConnachie; Steven Sim, Sam Milton, Bryan Bell, Kevin Flett, Steven Ellis, Ricky Wardrop, JJ Urquhart, Ross Archibald (Tony Ross), Nikki Smith (Scott Matheson), Liam Archibald (Jamie Bagley)

Forres Mechanics – Stuart Knight; Bruce Milne (Graeme Grant), Archie McPhee, Graeme Fraser, Nathan Sharp, Ross MacPherson, Kevin Duguid (Charlie Brown), Simon Allan (Scott Moore), Lee Fraser, Kyle Scott, Ryan Green