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Charlie not happy despite Lossie win

By Craig Christie

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LOSSIEMOUTH manager Charlie Charlesworth had some angry words to say to his team despite a win which put them into the top six of the Highland League.

Forres v Vale
Forres v Vale

The Moray side repeated the previous Saturday's 1-0 success over Wick by defeating Strathspey Thistle by the same scoreline.

Nikki Smith's first half strike was enough to take Lossie to just a point behind early leaders Fraserburgh.

But Charlesworth admitted it was a poor performance from his team and let his players know during a dressing down in the home changing room after the match.

“We were all over the place in the second half and it wasn't good enough,” Charlie admitted. “It was a horrible match really, I've got to be honest.

“But that's two clean sheets and another win under our belts, so based on what we've managed over the past two games it all looks rosy.

“In my garden it's not rosy though, because I want to see them play better than that.”

Smith met a free kick from manager's son Colin Charlesworth to head home the only goal of the match six minutes before half time.

Elsewhere, Fraserburgh went top following a 2-1 win against Forres Mechanics in a match where Forres defender Simon Allan netted at both ends, including the home team's winner.

The three teams who began the day with 100% records were all defeated.

Champions Buckie Thistle slumped to a surprise 3-1 loss at Wick, and had skipper Mike Morrison sent off to add to their woes.

Rothes pulled off a superb 1-0 success at Inverurie Locos, with Michael Fletcher's second half effort earning the points for the Speysiders.

Comeback of the day came from Keith, who trailed 2-0 to Nairn County at the break but roared back in the second 45 minutes.

Strikes by Cammy Keith, Andy MacAskill and Craig McGovern in the final 20 minutes made it a memorable day for the Maroons as they won 3-2.

For a full Highland League round-up and photos, see Friday's Northern Scot.

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