Bervie lost 3-2 to Formartine in a closely fought game on Saturday which was hard going due to recent rain and a heavy pitch at the Haughs.
Bervie opened the scoring on 3 minutes with a well worked move through the centre culminating in Turner feeding to Blacklaw who fired a good finish across the keeper.
Formartine equalised on 12 minutes with a ball over the top that had suspicions of offside but was finished well. Injury then resulted in an enforced change on 15 minutes following a challenge to Montgomerie with McLaughlin coming on.
The game went from end to end with efforts from both teams and some good saves from McNaught as Formartine gained the upper hand. Another change was forced on Bervie after a stud showing challenge on top of McLaughlin’s foot; he was replaced by Morris on 43 minutes.
Formartine took the lead on 44 minutes from a throw in on the right side that was speculatively crossed/shot and evaded McNaught in the low sun. Bervie had another attempt from Turner but went in trailing 1-2 at the break.
The second half continued much as the first with chances for both teams but not a lot of quality possession and control. McNaught had a few more good saves including a 30 yarder pushed on to the bar on 60 minutes to keep Bervie in touch. Bervie also hit the bar through Blacklaw.
Bervie then had a 15 minute spell of better quality football and were on top with a couple of good efforts from Morris before Blacklaw fed in Turner in a reverse of the first half goal for Turner to score.
Bervie pushed for the winner with Wood replacing Collie on 75 mins. Morris hit the post and then scored a great volley but was controversially judged to have been offside in 85 minutes.
That decision seemed to spur Formartine on and they broke down the right in 88 minutes and despite another good save from McNaught, managed to net the rebound and hold on for a 3-2 victory.
It was a tough battling performance from Bervie on a pitch not conducive to slick passing football. A little more luck could have resulted in victory and a draw would have been a fairer result. Overall display was an improvement on recent matches.