It was back to PMAC Division Two business for Cruden Bay when they entertained Newmachar United at Watson Park in a game that was switched from Newmachar because of the weather.
Included in their line-up was new signing Mark Stainton,who had just been signed from Longside.
The Bay found themselves one down within three minutes of the start when Mair tripped McCune in the box and Keith made no mistake from the spot.
Cruden Bay tried to hit back immediately. Walker a chance but keeper, Chapman was equal to it, tipping the Bay attacker’s effort over his crossbar.
In a Newmachar break Keith put in a telling cross from the right which went across the Bay goal without a defender of attacker managing to make contact with the ball.
As the Bay pressed a cross from Ramsay was mishandled by Chapman. However the keeper was able to recover the ball before any Bay player could take advantage of the mistake.
McCune was always a threat to the home defence in Newmachar’s counter attacks. In one he turned and beat two defenders just inside the box but, fortunately for the home side, the effort was off target, going wide of Evans’ right hand post.
The Bay were continually trying to get the equaliser as the half wore on, but however hard they pressed the visitors managed to clear their lines.
The Bay went straight onto the attack from the restart. Walker had an early chance, as the ball bobbled about in the visitors’ box, following a Sime free kick on the right but once again his effort was too high. It was all the Bay now and they continued to press the visitors’ defence, but they defended doggedly.
However, the Bay’s pressure was eventually rewarded after 61 minutes, when a second corner from the left, after Chapman had tipped the first over the bar, deceived everyone and went just inside the far post.
The Bay were now on the hunt for the winner. A good ball from Arthur from defence found Walker who was robbed by a timely tackle from Graham as he tried to advance on goal.
The Bay continued to press as the half wore on; a C. Buchan cross found substitute Park but the letter shot tamely at Chapman. Sangster then tried to put in telling a cross from the left but the ball went tamely into Chapman’s hands. Although the Bay continued to press until the final whistle they were unable to break down the Newmachar defence. The Bay are at home again on Saturday when they entertain Buckie Rovers.
CRUDEN BAY: Evans, C. Buchan, Glendinning, Arthur, Sime, Mair, Findlay, Ramsay, Tocher, Walker, Stainton.