He hit a late smash to secure a late equalizer for Inverire Locos

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The latest equalizer earned Huntley a point on Saturday as they drew 1-1 with Inverurie Locos at Christie Park.

Huntly tied it up late on with a late strike by Andy Hunter on Saturday.  Photo: Derek Lowe
Huntly tied it up late on with a late strike by Andy Hunter on Saturday. Photo: Derek Lowe

Locos appeared to be heading for all three points with Robert Ward’s first-half goal.

And although Cole Anderson was sent off in the second half, it was the guests who continued to dominate much of the play.

But they were left to regret the plethora of missed chances when Andy Hunter appeared in the 90th minute to fire a shot off the crossbar to secure a valuable point for the Lions and Goldens.

Honest assistant Stefan Laird was happy to see his team save a point but was disappointed with the level of performance.

“It wasn’t a good performance at all,” he said.

“We were definitely not at our best. Of course on the ball we were poorer than me and the manager wants us to be but once again we proved our resilience.

“We were still well organised, so we were logical off the ball but on the ball we were a lot less than we would demand and expect from the team.

Andy up front has obviously been light for us all season and he showed it again with a massive goal on Saturday to earn us a point.

“We just need a little more consistency to take us to the next level.”

Andy Hunter.  Photo: Daniel Forsyth
Andy Hunter. Photo: Daniel Forsyth

Despite the subpar performance, the result was Huntley’s sixth consecutive match undefeated against Locos.

They have also picked up points from both Poke Thistle and Brechin City, the top two teams in the league, this season and have one of the best defensive records in the league.

“I think that’s part of the progress the team has made under the coach,” said Laird. “When Alan and I took charge of the team, we were in a really bad position. We are now in a reasonable position in the league and we have ourselves in the position of challenging the top teams every game we play.

“The goal for us is to try to improve year after year. If we can beat last year’s points total, we will be very happy.

“With five games to go, we’re only two points away from that, so we have a great chance of doing it.”

Huntly’s aim to finish the season on a high will begin with a hard-fought draw at seventh-placed Rothes on Saturday.

“Everyone knows Rothes are a really good team,” Laird added.

“There’s really no pressure on us and we know we’re more than capable of going up there and getting a result but we have to be at our best.”

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