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No new year joy for Rovers


By Alan Beresford


TWO controversial refereeing decisions did Buckie Rovers no favours as they went down 2-1 at home to Longside.

Michael Campbell, pictured here in action against Sunnybank, was at the centre of a controversial red card decision.Picture: Becky Saunderson
Michael Campbell, pictured here in action against Sunnybank, was at the centre of a controversial red card decision.Picture: Becky Saunderson

It looked as if there would be a bright start to 2020 for the second bottom side in Division 1 when Brodie Christie put them 1-0 up, although the visitors levelled by half time. Longside delivered a sickening sucker punch five minutes from the end, a lead they were never to relinquish.

Rovers co-manager Kyle Mackay felt two refereeing calls – a red card and a hand ball – made the world of a difference.

“Mike Campbell was sent off for diving in the box which was never the case, he got straight back up after the tackle and got on with it.

“I could see the ref’s point if he’d been rolling around. That card cost us a key player.

“There was a handball which should’ve been given against Longside but wasn’t and after that they went up the pitch and scored.

“I felt we deserved at least a draw from the game and mistakes also cost us dear.

"We changed formation to a 3-5-2 for this game which worked OK, we’ll see how it goes.

"When you're at this end of the table you don't get the rub of the green, it's just not running for us at the moment”

Rovers face a stern test this Saturday when they travel to Stonehaven, kick-off 1.30pm. Stonehaven currently sit second top.



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