Swifts are held

This match was one of the few games to survive the wintry weekend weather and Banchory arrived with a full squad eager to get all three points which would have put them above Bervie on the league table.

As it turned out a draw was probably a fair result with both teams creating chances only to be foiled by some last ditch defending and great goal keeping.

After 12 minutes Banchory were a goal down when a free kick from the corner of their box was floated into the crowded penalty area, keeper Strachan was beaten to the ball and it was headed into the empty net.

Banchory responded when Milne released Harris Anderson, he outpaced the home defence but found his 20 yard shot saved by the onrushing keeper.

Scott Anderson, playing at centre back, then came to the rescue of Banchory out at the edge of his penalty area with a crunching challenge on the Bervie front man.

Banchory should have made more of a free kick which was driven across the face of goal but no-one managed to connect and it ran harmlessly past the post.

Strachan made a vital double save early in the second half rushing out to the edge of his box at first saving with his feet and then being alert enough to bounce back up and smother the ball with a full length dive.

Banchory were now coming back into the game and were creating more chances than their opponents but still unable to make the breakthrough, with the home keeper saving from Milne and another free kick from a dangerous area drifting past the post again.

Bervie were still a threat and a cross from the byline shaved the crossbar and fell kindly to Siswick who cleared the ball upfield.

Scott Anderson was then called upon to make a couple of vital tackles and he didn’t disappoint with another hefty challenge on the Bervie forward.

Banchory’s equaliser came 30 minutes into the second half when Siswick lobbed the ball into the Bervie box, it was cleared away only as far as substitute Cox who coolly chipped it back in again over the keeper from 20 yards.

This seemed to inspire Banchory, they suddenly became more determined and the pace of the match stepped up dramatically with both sides using the slippery conditions to commit into sliding challenges.

It was end to end stuff and either team could have won the game were it not for some of the whole hearted and committed defending.

Banchory Swifts: Dean Strachan, Ross Cornally, Dillon Thomson, Craig Siswick, Scott Anderson, Mike Fraser, Tom Flaherty, Connor Douglas, Cammy Gordon, Reece Milne, Harris Anderson. Subs: Bradley Cox, Kieran Strachan, Brandon Cochrane, Finlay Hay, Liam Ferguson.