Banchory fail to take chances

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Banchory travelled to Newtonhill for this Division 1 East encounter, again a little short of numbers, calling on two trialists to help out.

Banchory however started the game well, and the 4-5-1 formation seemed to give them an advantage over there hosts on what was a very heavy pitch.

Banchory took the lead after only 2 minutes when Chalmers broke free and rounded the goalkeeper and score. Banchory continued to create most of the pressure in the first 30 minutes but could not find the finish there domination deserved.

On the half hour mark, Newtonhill scored from a corner, when poor marking at the back post allowed a free header to the Newtonhill centre half.

Five minutes later Newtonhill scored again, when Banchory tried to claim for offside and this allowed the Newtonhill winger to run through and score from only there second attack.

Banchory were forced to make a change when Stewart pulled up with a hamstring injury, and Spanish trialist Juan got his first taste of British football, on a cold, windy day on one of the heaviest pitches in the league.

Banchory should have levelled right on half time when good play from Gilbert, Rooney and Lloyd put Chalmers through and although he beat the keeper the centre half made a lunge to keep the ball out right on the line.

Banchory started the second half playing up the slope, and continued their good play but without creating any clear chances. It was to prove costly, when again Banchory played the high line, and although the winger appeared to be offside, he ran in on Lawrence in goals to make it 3-1 to the hosts.

Banchory created some great chances though, firstly Christie was unlucky as he was given offside when through on goal, then Juan got on the end of a Chalmers cross to narrowly miss at the back post. Chalmers then went through on goal twice in the last ten minutes only to go for power over placement and Banchory squandered chances again.