Rovers claim precious point at Stonehaven
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BUCKIE Rovers roared back on Saturday and were unlucky not to win away against one of the best teams in the league.
Mike Simpson gave the visitors a half-time lead over second-placed Stonehaven, a lead they held until just five minutes from the end.
The result broke a run of poor results for Rovers as they aim to climb out of the relegation zone.
Rovers co-manager Kyle Mackay said: “If you’d offered me a 1-1 before the game I’d have taken your hand off for it.
“It’s a good result for us against one of the best teams in the league on their own patch.
“Losing the late goal was a bit of a sickener – it felt like a defeat at the end of the game – but it’s a valuable point. The goal was coming, to be honest
“We were also down to the bare bones with a squad of 13; I played my first 90 minutes for a year and a half. The boys all put in a real shift. We went again withe 3-5-2, although for most of the game we had five at the back."
Rovers now sit second bottom in eighth, three points below seventh-placed Dufftown.
The Elginshire Cup Section 1 qualifying pool beckons for the Merson Park men this coming Saturday when Spey Valley Utd will be the opposition. Kick-off is scheduled for 1.30pm.
Buckie have keeper Aaron Sherman out with a broken hand but should welcome Mike Campbell back from suspension.