Evening Express

Inverurie Locos urged to get steamed up

Loco's Greg Mitchell and Buckie's Andrew MacAskill

Greg Mitchell has rallied Inverurie Locos ahead of Saturday’s game against Formartine United –saying they have to be better.

The Railwaymen drew 2-2 with Turriff United on Wednesday after leading 2-0 at the Haughs.

Mitchell says that performance was not up to scratch for the Garioch side and he has demanded an improvement in tomorrow’s Harlaw Park clash with Formartine.

The full-back said: “It has to be better on Saturday, it’s as simple as that.

“We all need to show that, we all need to show how much we want to turn it round.

“And I think we can because we have a lot of ability in the dressing room.

“It’s very disappointing what happened on Wednesday and if I’m being honest I don’t think we turned up.

“We got two goals which we worked for, we caught them on the break a couple of times.

“But if I’m being honest, after half-time on Wednesday we just didn’t show up, which the gaffer said and we as players agree – it’s not good enough for this club.

“Where we want to be is up there challenging, we want to be up there challenging Coves, Formartines and Broras.

“And we feel we can do it, we feel we are good enough but Wednesday wasn’t good enough from any of us.

“On Saturday against Formartine it is the perfect chance to turn it round and we need to be ready to go.”

The Pitmedden men sit at the top of the Highland League having started the season with three 4-1 victories.

The latest was on Wednesday against Deveronvale.

Player-manager Paul Lawson has been happy with his side’s start to the campaign, but wants them to cut down on errors which have led to them conceding goals.

Lawson said: “It’s a derby so they’ll be right up for it and Harlaw Park is not an easy place to go.

“We’ll be going there with confidence, we’ve scored a lot of goals and want to continue that.

“On Wednesday against Deveronvale we lost a sloppy goal and that needs to stop.

“We need to stop those lapses in concentration because we’ll get punished for that on Saturday.

“Deveronvale will have felt hard done by on Wednesday because they set up really well, caused us problems and had a couple of chances.

“I said to the boys that some of the chances we gave them, if we do that on Saturday we will get punished.

“That’s not being disrespectful to Deveronvale – we need to cut out these errors and stop causing ourselves problems.”

Elsewhere in the Highland League Turriff travel to Fort Willian and Deveronvale make the long trip to Wick.

Keith play Rothes at Kynoch Park, Forres Mechanics face Nairn County at Mosset Park and Clach face Lossiemouth.