Evening Express

Highland: Cooper hopes injury to Inverurie Locos’ Smith isn’t too serious

Inverurie Loco Works manager Neil Cooper.

Inverurie Locos boss Neil Cooper is hopeful a knee injury to new signing Jonny Smith is not too serious.

The striker had to be stretchered off in the first half of Saturday’s 6-1 win over Huntly at Harlaw Park.

Cooper said: “Jonny took a knock early on to a knee and had to be stretchered off.

Locos Jonny Smith, right, in action in an earlier match.

“We’ll have to wait and see how serious it is, we’re hopeful it’s not too serious and we’re keeping our fingers crossed, but we’re not sure.”

The Railwaymen fell behind to a Michael Clark goal, but Joe McCabe’s strike, Neil Gauld’s hat-trick and efforts from Stuart Duff and Chris Angus made it 6-1.

The Black and Golds responded with Clark and Gary McGowan netting and Kai Ross being red carded.

Cooper added: “It was a good three points and probably a fair reflection.

“Huntly started better and went ahead, but we came back.

“We were disappointed to concede at 6-1, we were a bit sloppy.

“That was the frustrating thing for us.

“But it’s great to follow up the win against Buckie last week with another three points.”