Lossiemouth slumped to their heaviest defeat of the season against an Inverurie Loco Works side who barely broke sweat as they thumped seven goals past their generous hosts. A first half four goal haul from David Ross had Lossie beaten long before the interval and Locos kept on scoring after the restart, with Dean Donaldson, Martin Bavidge and Andrew Hunter adding to Lossie’s misery.
Lossie were without Shawn Scott due to injury, while Willie Mathers was on holiday. Locos turned up on the back of a five goal hiding from Brora Rangers which had every Highland League pundit questioning the Shire sides title credentials.
Locos wasted no time in getting over their last result and were a goal up inside a quarter of an hour. David ROSS found space in the box to right foot home a shot past a surprised Connor Hall.
ROSS added a second midway through the half and completed his hat-trick with just over half an hour played to effectively finish the game long before the interval.
Lossie were offering little in the way of opposition and Locos keeper Andy Reid stood bored in his goalmouth watching the game take place at the other end of the park.
The pressure from Locos continued and Lossie were tested by shots from outside the box and from set pieces, but the Coasters managed to keep the damage to a minimum for the rest of the half.
As time expired, Locos bagged a fourth. A half cleared corner fell at the feet of ROSS and he lashed home a right footed strike which beat Hall at his near post.
Half time – Lossiemouth 0-4 Inverurie Loco Works
Locos made their intentions clear immediately after the restart as Neil McLean launched a shot at goal direct from the kick off, forcing Hall to tip the ball over the bar for a corner which Lossie dealt with.
Only a few minutes later Lossie were undone again and this time Locos made a corner count, as Dean DONALDSON tapped home from a yard despite the presence of eight Lossie players in the six yard box.
Martin BAVIDGE made it six with a low curling drive after slack defending left him with all the time in the world to put the ball past Hall. Lossie finally made it up the other end of the park but failed to challenge Reid in any meaningful way.
The visitors completed the scoring when Andrew HUNTER fired home with nine minutes left. Locos were denied an eighth thanks to some fine reaction saves from Hall as the game came to a close.
Lossie face Rothes in the Dunn Derby this midweek and have the chance to avenge the injury time defeat suffered at Mackessack Park earlier this month, while Locos moved to the top of the table thanks to the win and they can stay there with a win against Nairn County on Wednesday.
Full time – Lossiemouth 0-7 Inverurie Loco Works
Lossiemouth – Connor Hall, Tony Ross, Darren Bailey, Chris Ross, Grant Mitchell (Jordan McBain, 79), Kevin Flett, Kevin Duguid, Mark Hector (Scott Gordon, 62), Scott Miller (Ryan Farquhar, 73), Ryan Green, Scott Dunn; Unused subs – Nicholas Main, Scott Wilson, Errol Watson
Inverurie Loco Works – Andy Reid, John Maitland, Ross Still, Scott Begg, Gordon Forsyth, Broadhurst, Andrew Hunter, Neil McLean (Marc Young, 54), David Ross, Martin Bavidge (Kenny Coull, 83), Dean Donaldson (Ryan Keir, 70); Unused subs – Ross Anderson, Young, Keir, Coull, Scott Mathieson
Referee – Billy Baxter