Lossiemouth left Harlaw Park empty handed once again following a solid display by Inverurie Locos. Two ahead at the break, Locos banged in three more in the second half to claim all three points with the minimum of fuss.
Kevin Flett made a return to the starting eleven while Liam Archibald was ruled out because of an injury picked up against Keith. Grant Mitchell missed out due to suspension, while Ryan Green was absent. Locos went into the game having endured a patchy February, winning neither of their home games against Buckie Thistle and Brora Rangers but picking up maximum points at Fraserburgh and Cove Rangers.
The half started well for Lossie, with Jordan McBain heading over the bar inside the first three minutes, but from that point on Locos kept Lossie at arms length and set about rattling in the goals.
On the half hour Locos opened the scoring when Jordan Leyden played in Dean DONALDSON who, from the edge of the penalty area, poked the ball back across goal and in at the far post.
Before the break Locos doubled their advantage. Leyden once again provided the assist, finding Neil GAULD in space, and the prolific striker fired the ball into almost the same corner of the net Donaldson found earlier.
Half time – Inverurie Loco Works 2-0 Lossiemouth
Lossie were almost back in the game in the opening minutes of the second half, as Greig Watson thundered a long range effort off the crossbar, with the ball finally falling out of the sky onto the roof of the social club.
It was to be a rare moment of cheer for the travelling support in the second half, as Locos went on to dominate proceedings and secured the points with a quick-fire double just before the hour.
Neil GAULD added his second of the match ten minutes into the second half, tapping in from close range following good work from Bavidge and Begg, and two minutes later the hosts banged in a fourth when Martin BAVIDGE scored from a dozen yards with Watson rooted to the spot.
With the game won, Locos made all three subs in the space of five minutes and the fresh legs ensured Lossie remained under the cosh for the rest of the game. One of the newly introduced players, David ROSS, added a fifth with a speculative effort from outside the area to complete the scoring and condemn Lossie to their heaviest defeat of the year so far.
Lossiemouth now face a pair of games which could define their season. On Saturday the Coasters entertain struggling Strathspey Thistle and, weather permitting, face a midweek trek to Fort William three days later. Wins in both could propel Lossie up the table, while defeats would allow the bottom sides to reel in Lossie.
Full time – Inverurie Loco Works 5-0 Lossiemouth
Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Tony Ross, Scott Dunn (Scott Wilson, 60), Chris Ross, Jamie McKinnon (Scott Miller, 52), Greig Watson, Ryan Farquhar, Kevin Flett, Jordan McBain (Eliot Winters, 60), Callum Dunbar, Willie Mathers; Unused subs – Jordan Main, Scott Campbell
Inveruie Loco Works – Andy Reid, Neil McLean (Marc Young 66), John Maitland, Scott Begg, Ryan Broadhurst, Ross Anderson, Jordan Leyden, Greg Mitchell, Neil Gauld, Martin Bavidge (Andy Hunter 60), Dean Donaldson (David Ross 60); Unused subs – Mark Souter, Scott Mathieson