Four-goal Hunter has Locos steaming to victory

Andy Hunter scored four goals as a strong second-half showing saw Inverurie Locos beat Strathspey in their Highland League match at Seafield Park.

Former Don Darren Mackie was also on target for a Locos side that scored five times after the break.

Inverurie manager Neil Cooper was pleased with the performance of his players in the second period.

He said: “We went 1-0 up and then lost a poor goal. But we reacted well and got a second goal.

“We were 2-1 up at half-time and, once we got the third and fourth goals in the second half, the game became easier for us. We’ve had three wins in a row and are looking to carry that on in the rest of our games. The boys have got a lot of confidence from the last three games.”

Inverurie took the lead in the sixth minute thanks to a close-range finish from Hunter after a pinpoint cross by Neil McLean.

Strathspey levelled courtesy of a header from Ryan MacLeod. Locos went back in front in the 32nd minute through Hunter and they surged further ahead in the second half.

Joe McCabe scored on the hour mark and shortly afterwards Hunter completed his hat-trick with a low shot. Locos extended their lead in the 66th minute through a neat finish from Jordan Leyden.

Inverurie brought on Mackie off the bench to replace Dean Donaldson and the former Don notched his first goal for the club when he raced on to a through-ball to score.

Hunter saved his best to last as he grabbed his fourth goal of the game after flicking the ball before stroking it into the net.

Strathspey’s MacLeod was sent off late on having received his second caution.