At the Garioch Sports Centre, Inverurie, there was a top of the league clash between Colony Locos and Formartine United, with both teams still undefeated going into the new year something had to give. With this game being the 1st game back since the festive break, there seemed to be cobwebs in both sides's systems still and with Locos not taking the lead until the 44th minute in a game they were dominating, it meant they had to play a waiting game at times.
It was a great game for the neutral and one game that if it wasn't for two great keepers in between the sticks could have contained more goals and Locos will certainly be delighted with the victory as they are about to have two very important weeks in the lead-up to the Scottish Cup quarter final against Glenburn Miners Welfare.
The game was started in full flow and Colony had the first chance of the game after the hosts produced some great play in the lead up to Daniel Crisp trying his luck from 20 yards which just went inches wide of the left hand post.
In the first quarter of the game, it seemed to be Locos doing all of the attacking and in between the 15th minute and the 30th minute mark they had a whole host of corners and went close with a few of them, first after a great ball was sent in by Kieran Lawrence was met by Phillip Woodgreaves and just went wide. Then a great ball was swung in from the left hand side by Alex Duguid which Grant Dawson met and was unlucky.
When Formartine had chances in the 1st half, they were certainly threatening towards the home goal and the red and white stripes had two great opportunities in the space of 5 minutes, first through Fraser Aiken who had a ferocious drive towards goal saved by Jordan Garrow before Garrow was called upon again to deny Lewis Keith.
It looked like it would be stalemate at Garioch Sports Centre going into half time until Duguid had other ideas who had gathered a through ball before producing a cool finish which gave Ryan Thomson in the Formartine goal no chance and gave the hosts a little bit of a comfort zone.