Lossiemouth 2-2 Strathspey Thistle – SHFL – 08th March 2014

Lossiemouth landed another home point following a wind-affected encounter with Strathspey Thistle, but the Coasters will be kicking themselves after blowing a two goal first half lead. Jordan McBain and Liam Archibald had Lossie clear before the interval but two goals in the space of five second half minutes rescued a deserved point for the visitors.

Lossie welcomed back Ryan Green and Kevin Flett into the starting line-up, while Grant Mitchell and Chris Ross missed out due to suspension. Strathspey travelled to Lossie having conceded 14 goals in their last two games, including a whopping 11 on their trip to Brora.

The hosts kicked off into the wind to the surprise of Strathspey, and the visitors made more of the opening exchanges as the howling gale made life difficult for everyone. The first real chance of the game fell to Liam Archibald, who screwed a shot wide of goal from outside the area ten minutes in.

With Strathspey running out of ideas early on, Lossie finally got a grip of the game and went ahead before the half hour. Jordan MCBAIN entered the penalty area at an angle and curled an accurate shot beyond Martin and into the far side netting to open the scoring.Shortly before half time Lossie doubled their advantage. Liam ARCHIBALD made amends for his earlier miss when he rifled home from 18 yards to push Lossie further ahead.

Lossie celebrate going two goals ahead thanks to Liam Archibald (somewhere in the middle)
Lossie celebrate going two goals ahead thanks to Liam Archibald (somewhere in the middle)

Half time – Lossiemouth 2-0 Strathspey Thistle

The wind continued into the second half and Lossie looked to extend their lead, with the tactic of playing diagonal balls over the top to Ryan Green pulling Strathspey all over the place. Green almost put the game beyond the visitors when he found himself through on goal but his shot from just inside the area rolled past the post and into the side netting.

Strathspey were growing into the game and Lossie’s failure to add a third gave them cause for optimism. Their hopes of salvaging a point were raised when Jamie MCKINNON prodded the ball into his own net to reduce the deficit.

Lossie were visibly shaken by the goal and Strathspey turned the screw. Mark McKernie rattled the crossbar with a free kick which Errol Watson clawing at thin air.

Strathspey completed their comeback moments later when John ROSS found time and space to fire a shot past Watson.

Strathspey seemed content with their equaliser and allowed Lossie to press for a third goal in the closing stages, winning a number of corners as time ran down. Keeper Steve Martin bossed his six yard area and dealt with the aerial threat as his side closed the game out.

Ronnie Jones and Darren Bailey tangle
Ronnie Jones and Darren Bailey tangle

The point moved Lossie further ahead of Rothes but both sides will consider the draw as a disappointing result, with Lossie having thrown away a two goal lead and Strathspey failing to capitalise on a rocky Lossie performance following their equaliser. Lossie head to Fort William in midweek needing a win to reach 20 points for the season, double last seasons tally, but will need to improve on their second half showing if they’re to come home with all three points.

Full time – Lossiemouth 2-2 Strathspey Thistle

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Scott Wilson, Darren Bailey, Kevin Flett, Jamie McKinnon, Greig Watson, Scott Miller (Ryan Farquhar, 66), Liam Archibald, Jordan McBain (Willie Mathers, 78), Ryan Green (Eliot Winters, 86), Callum Dunbar; Unused subs – Scott Dunn, Tony Ross

Strathspey Thistle – Steven Martin, Nicholas Mochan, Howard, Jones, Mark McKernie, Fraser, McShane, Fraser Tulloch, Josh Peters, Groat, Kerr