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Rovers claim precious point at Stonehaven

By Alan Beresford

BUCKIE Rovers roared back on Saturday and were unlucky not to win away against one of the best teams in the league.

Rovers co-manager Kyle Mackay: Late goal was a "sickener".
Rovers co-manager Kyle Mackay: Late goal was a "sickener".

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.

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