Saints slip to tenth after Stoney loss

Banchory were extremely unlucky to come away from Polo Park Stoneywood pointless, with yet another crucial decision going against the Milton men.

From the start Saints put pressure on Stoneywood, and a Jack Presly low inswinging free kick on the 3rd minute snuck past the far post.

Ex Saints centre forward Richard Stainer volleyed over from a good position for Stoneywood, before a lovely lay off by Biskup put Simpson in on goal but the Banchory midfielder shot low past the post. But on 21 minutes an identical move between the two, saw the home keeper rush from his goal to bring him down. Biskup stepped up and made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Five minutes later a through ball by Presly found Jack Henderson beat the full back to the ball only to be tripped up. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, but after consultation with his linesman reversed his decision and awarded a corner.

On 40 minutes Stoneywood equalised when Matalski rose above the Saints defence to head home at the back post.

Within five minutes of the restart it was Simpson’s turn to give Biskup a chance but the centre’s header went inches past with the keeper beaten.

Banchory were pinning Stoneywood back into their own half but could not find any clear cut chances.

Stoneywood scored what proved to be the winner with five minutes remaining. Forcing two corners in quick succession Bain rose above the Saints defence to head down into the 6 yard box where an outstretched Strachan leg forced the ball over the line.

With two minutes remaining, another decision ruled substitute Andrew Close offside when he was clean through, and the last chance came right on full time when Presly’s free kick was saved.

Banchory deserved at least a point against a Stoneywood side who are challenging near the top of the table, whilst Saints move down one place to 10th.