Cooper looks to hitmen as Inverurie Locos aim to keep pressure on leaders

Locos Neil Gauld and Formartine Craig McKeown.

Inverurie Locos manager Neil Cooper hopes his strikers will continue banging in the goals when they face Rothes tomorrow.

The Speysiders travel to Harlaw Park to face a Locos outfit that have been in fine form.

The Railwaymen are second to Cove Rangers in the Highland League on goal difference and unbeaten in their last 10 games.

Strikers Neil Gauld, Andy Hunter and Joe McCabe have already netted 36 times between them. Gauld has 18 to his name with Hunter on 11 and McCabe on seven.

Boss Cooper is delighted with his attackers who have helped fire Inverurie up the league table.

He said: “It’s a great return – the goals they have scored have been fantastic.

“We know they are all more than capable of doing that, and they are also getting good service from other areas of the pitch as well.

“They’re working hard as well when we don’t have the ball, which is what you want from front players.

“Everything is going well, our goals and goals against column is really good, so long may that continue.

“Rothes have recruited well over the summer, so we’ll need to be at our best to get a result.”

Although Cooper does not think his side will have it easy against Rothes who sit eighth in the table.

He added: “To win games you need to put in the right kind of performance with the right attitude and work-rate, and hopefully your quality shows through.

“Rothes had a great result last week against Fort William.

“We’ve played them in a pre-season friendly which we won 4-2 – and they beat us 2-0 in the League at Mackessack Park.

“On the day, I thought we were unlucky in terms of some aspects of the game as we played well.

“Rothes are a good side and we need to keep up the form we’ve shown in previous games.”

Elsewhere, seventh-placed Formartine United look to build on last week’s Scottish Cup win against Forfar Athletic when Forres Mechanics visit North Lodge Park.

Sixth-placed Buckie head to Nairn. Deveronvale, who are 10th, will look to continue their good form when they make the long trip to Wick.

Turriff United (11th) look to get back to winning ways when Clachnacuddin (12th) visit the Haughs.