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Forres' win is marred by leg break horror

By Chris Saunderson

Huntly v Forres Mechanics, Forres Mechanics, Highland League
Huntly v Forres Mechanics, Forres Mechanics, Highland League

FORRES got their first win in five games with a 1-0 win at Huntly on Saturday, however, the game was overshadowed by a broken leg sustained by the home side's teenage midfielder Reece McKeown.

Mechanics defender Graham Fraser, himself no stranger to serious injury, was yellow carded for an extremely physical tackle three minutes into added time which left the young player badly injured.

Forres boss Charlie Rowley said: "I am a bit deflated as the injury took the gloss off what I thought was a professional and dogged performance which was exactly what we were looking for.

"My concern is not really about the three points and fingers crossed Reece will make a full recovery.

"There is no doubt it was a late tackle but not malicious, it's just the way Graham plays. The lad nicked the ball in front of him and Graham's momentum meant he caught him. Our thoughts are with him."

Forres had three good chances inside the opening 10 minutes when Aidan Wilson, Stuart Soane and Scott Moore all went close with good efforts.

It was Soane, a former Huntly player, who opened the scoring in the 11th minute when the home defence failed to clear a corner and he nipped in to provide a smart finish low to John Farquhar's right hand post from 16 yards.

Forres dominated the first half without creating too many more clear cut chances although Zander Jack made a great last ditch tackle to deny Soane another shooting opportunity and the visitors also had an appeal for a penalty waved away when Andy MacRae went down under a challenge from Blair Johnston.

The Mechanics had to repel Huntly pressure in the second half but stood up well to the test.

Nick Gray headed over 10 minutes after the restart and then Gary McGowan fired wide. At the other end Soane had a good effort well saved by Farquhar.

Forres Mechanics: Knight, Johnstone, MacPherson, Fraser, Groat, Moore (Taylor 80), Milne, MacRae, Wilson (Duncanson 80), Howarth, Soane. Subs not used: Pollock, Moir.

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