Goalgrabber Hunter is praised by Inverurie Locos boss Cooper

Andy Hunter

Inverurie Locos boss Neil Cooper praised Andy Hunter after his four-goal blitz helped the Garioch side beat Lossiemouth 9-1 at Harlaw Park.

Alongside Hunter’s four, Neil McLean, Neil Gauld, Joe McCabe, Ryan Broadhurst and Jordan Leyden also scored for the Railwaymen with Brodie Allen getting Lossie’s consolation.

Hunter has now netted seven goals in two games after a hat-trick a week past Saturday in the 5-1 win over Deveronvale.

Cooper said: “Andy is a fantastic finisher, he’s got good pace as well.

“He works the defenders by going in behind but he can also come short and link the play.

“We’ve got Andy, Neil Gauld, Joe McCabe, Chris Angus and our young striker Kyle Gordon came on and did well so we’ve got lots of good options.

“And we have good players in the middle of the park who can create the chances with their passing ability.”

Saturday’s victory moves Inverurie back above Fraserburgh and into second place in the Highland League.

The Broch have two games more but Cooper is pleased his Locos put pressure on the teams around them as they move closer to securing a top-four finish and Challenge Cup qualification.

He added: “We said to the players before the game that we had a chance to go back into second with a victory because their game against Rothes had been called off.

“Albeit we’ve played a couple of games more. But that’s all we can do.

“We just have to take care of our games and not think about games we’re not involved in.

“The boys are doing well and keep putting as much pressure as possible on the teams around us.”

Saturday was another impressive display from Inverurie and Cooper said: “We didn’t pass it as well as we normally do early on but once we got the goals that gave us the confidence.

“The boys have been first class. Me and the backroom staff are delighted they are showing that quality on the pitch. They’ve done it all season, long may it continue.”