Phins struggle at Ferryhill

Torphins travelled to Hazlehead to face a Ferryhill side newly-promoted from the third division.

Ferryhill came out the blocks racing and hit the bar with a free kick 10 minutes in. Torphins looked tired and stretched as Ferryhill dominated and were first to every ball. However on 15 minutes it was the Phins who opened the scoring.

A corner was cleared only to TRAVERS who hit a sweet volley that deflected past the goalkeeper and into the net.

The goal did nothing to the away side as Ferryhill continued to dominate and were finding a lot of joy down the left hand side.

A goalmouth scramble five minutes before half time levelled the game. A corner was punched away by Cooper but as the ball was played back into the danger area the Phins failed to clear the lines and the ball was bundled over the line. No less than Ferryhill deserved.

The second half was much like the first.

The Phins defence were getting stretched and Cooper was doing his utmost to keep the sides level. The stopper pulled off a string of brilliant saves, the first tipping a header over the bar and another shot was met by an outstanding diving save to push the ball wide for a corner. On the third occasion, Cooper forced a forward wide when one-on-one and the angle was so tight the attacker could only hit the post with his shot.

But the keeper needed help from his defence as well and on 65 minutes an unmarked defender headed home from five yards from a corner for 2-1.

Ferryhill then increased their lead with the Phins defence caught outnumbered three to one and Ferryhill’s experienced forward slid the ball into the far corner to seal the points for the town side.

Fraser and Meaden were given the last twenty minutes, but Torphins could do nothing to trouble the home side.

A very disappointing performance by Torphins who did not turn up at all and it could have been worse it wasn’t for Cooper in goals.

Torphins: Cooper, Thomson, Johnstone, Allan, Wright, C Mitchell, Travers, Michie, Allardyce, Gilbert, Brown Subs: Meaden, Fraser.