Banchory faced fellow Division 1 East strugglers MS United on a day when the argument for summer football was at its strongest. The conditions were atrocious with high winds, hailstones and driving rain battering down.
Banchory chose to play down the slope with the wind behind them in the first half, but after only five minutes the home team took a deserved lead when some very poor defending down the left allowed the winger time to cross and the MS forward scored unmarked from 5 yards.
This remained the pattern of things for the first half hour with the home team creating the better chances.
Banchory however picked their game up in the last 15 minutes. Norton in the centre of the park charged down a goal kick about 30 yards out, continued his run and showed great composure to guide the ball past the home goalkeeper for a great solo effort.
This changed the remainder of the half and chances fell to Smith and Gilbert before half time with Banchory pegging the home team in their own half but unable to find the finishing touch.
Banchory started the second period very strongly, playing some great stuff and creating a couple of half chances.
Banchory’s defence had limited the home team to very little in the first 20 minutes of the second half, however as with Banchory’s season that was all to change when a long wind assisted clearance from a Banchory attack saw the MS United number 10 look a good 10 yards offside. However the referee allowed him to play on and the forward could not believe his luck as he went one-on-one with Davidson to put MS United 2-1 up.
Banchory dug deep and with 15 minutes to go a great ball through from Gilbert found Chalmers who despatched a great shot from the edge of the box past the home keeper to give Banchory a well deserved equaliser.
Banchory continued to press and Chalmers broke through for a one-on-one with the home keeper but his shot was straight at the United stopper.
Banchory continued to look dangerous on the break with MS being limited to a couple of half chances as the game ended as a draw.
With Banchory in relegation trouble they will feel this was two points dropped but the players can take heart from their performance in atrocious conditions.
Banchory: Davidson, Lloyd, Christie, Brand, McGregor, Juan, Gilbert, Rooney, Norton, Smith and Chalmers. Subs: Girvan, Meldrum and Dewar.