Banchory manager Sandy Carrol was left frustrated after seeing his side go down at home to strugglers Maud.
Carrol said: “We had a lot of possession but for some reason our decision making was very poor, normally in a game we would create at least two or three very good scoring opportunities but on Saturday this was not the case.
“The goal we lost was criminal we gave away a silly free-kick just outside the penalty area and we did not defend it properly especially the second ball. Overall we got what we deserved and that was nothing.”
Saints were first to show when a flashing low cross just evaded Scott Garrett. Scott Burke’s dodgy pass to Michael Skene put pressure on the Banchory sweeper, but Maud’s effort went well wide. Garrett was the provider on 15 minutes but Campbell Watt was beaten to the ball by the Maud keeper.
Shaun Carrol beat the Maud offside trap but the linesman had his flag up for Garrett being offside who was not interfering with play. Grant Sim was forced to make a fine fingertip save to keep the scores level, and then both Carroll and Garrett had close range efforts blocked.
Into the second half and within two minutes Maud took the lead. A free kick out on the left was headed down and from 10 yards Maud’s Gray hammered the ball into the net.
Maud took heart from this and had a spell of pressure with two half chances. On 60 minutes another free kick was curled over the Banchory wall and again Sim tipped the ball onto the bar and over for a corner.
Banchory had new signing Darryn Irvine from Cove Rangers on from the start, but he was replaced by Jake Strachan on 65 minutes.
Left back Josh Robertson was now getting forward at every opportunity and from his cross the ball just evaded Carrol and minutes later, when Carrol was clean through on the Maud goal, the referee stopped play to award a free kick to Banchory on the half way line.
A change was made with 15 minutes remaining when Garrett was taken off and replaced by Chris Donald with Richard Stainer moving from centre half to his usual centre forward role. Jake Strachan was unlucky not to score when his net bound effort was blocked by his own player Scott Burke 8 yards out. Maud almost sneaked another goal on 80 minutes when from a free kick a Maud player sliced his effort wide at the back post.
Saints Strachan had the last chance but he sclaffed his effort wide of the post.
This defeat pits Banchory back down to eighth position in the league with six games remaining.
Team: Garnt Sim, Scott Burke, Josh Robertson, Michael Skene, Richard Stainer, Darren Pyper, Darryn Irvine (Jake Strachan), Alan McRae, Scott Garrett (Chris Donald), Shaun Carrol, Campbell Watt. Subs: Chris Irvine
This Saturday bottom of the League Sunnybank are the visitors to Milton Park for a PMAC Superleage game, kick off 2.00pm. The following Saturday 7th April Saints have no game and then on 14th April travel to Longside for a League encounter.