Chapmans Motherwell first XI were unlucky to suffer their first league defeat of the season at the hands of Highland Inverross at Dalziel Park on Saturday. Motherwell were defeated three goals to two by their promotion rivals in an action packed encounter which saw the visitors taking the lead after converting a short corner that was won straight from the push back. Despite this early setback the hosts piled on the pressure, finding their rhythm and stringing together some purposeful attacks which eventually resulted in an equaliser with Ian Mathie drilling home from a short corner.
Motherwell continued to try and build an attack at every opportunity but were denied by a determined Inverross goalkeeper. The home side were then frustrated further when the highlanders’ centre forward slotted the ball into the net following a quick counter attack. However, Motherwell’s desire to maintain a 100% winning record gave them the impetus to bounce back and their efforts were rewarded just before half time when Chris Timlin got on the end of Ian an Mathie pass.
After the interval, Motherwell continued to press forward, winning several short corners but were unable to convert and the visitors punished the home side fifteen minutes before the end again slotting home after a quick counter attack. Right at the death Chapmans squandered the chance to salvage a point after the ball deflected narrowly wide of the opposition goal following a goal-mouth scramble. The home side were entitled to feel aggrieved at the full time whistle as it was felt that the Inverross goalkeeper should have been dismissed for a terrible challenge on Mathie. Nevertheless, the Motherwell side will be keen to rediscover their winning touch when they travel to Aberdeen next Saturday to take on title rivals Granite City.