Stonehaven faced Maud at Glenury on Saturday in their first home Superleague game of the season, looking for three points after the previous week’s game at Lewis United was abandoned.
The Hive didn’t make the best of starts and with just a minute gone McCall conceded a penalty. Maud player-manager Allan Hale stepped up but Michael Smith made a great save to keep the scores level.
The hosts were next to threaten on six minutes when the ball was worked through the Maud defence and Horne saw his shot blocked. The ball fell to Ollie McIntosh who somehow managed put his effort wide when it seemed easier to score.
Horne came close a couple of minutes later when he received the ball from a corner but his looped shot went just over the bar.
The visitors came into the game with a quarter of an hour on the clock and Smith was forced to make good block with his feet as the Hive defence only managed cleared to the edge of the box.
Minutes later the defence again failed to stop Morrice down the left but the defence just about cleared.
Maud weren’t to be outdone however and on 22 minutes they took the lead. Morrice picked the ball up on the right and cut inside before sending a left foot shot past Smith.
Hive looked to make amends a couple of minutes later when a ball over the defence from Croll found Horne who sent a shot wide.
Winton was next to threaten a minute later when Horne raced clear down the Maud right and cut back but the midfielder’s shot went wide.
The hosts came out in the second half looking to get an early goal and on 49 minutes Horne was played through, but he could only lift his shot well over the bar.
Less than a minute later a ball down the right found Winton who played it into the path of Alexander who saw his shot fizz just wide of target.
On 63 minutes a cross from Morrice, found Rae but Smith did well to save his header.
Stonehaven were starting to assert themselves now that the wind was at their backs and only a great save by Barbour in the Maud goal prevented Ollie McIntosh from equalising. The Hive kept pushing for an equaliser and despite a few substitutions and changes of formation, Maud couldn’t prevent more and more pressure being put on their defence. The equaliser came five minutes from time when a free kick was conceded 25 yards from goal for a foul on Murray. Horne stepped up and curled across Barbour and into the far corner of the net for the equaliser.
A minute later The Hive could have won the game when Murray struck a stinging shot across goal from 25 yards but Barbour did well to palm it away for a corner. Watt sent in an inswinging corner which was just about kept out by the ‘keeper.
Stonehaven: Smith, McLelland (Low), McCall, Pyper, Jack McIntosh, Croll, Alexander, Winton, Horne, Ollie McIntosh (Stewart), Watt (Murray). Subs: Duncan, Taylor.
Stonehaven face Hall Russell United at Glenury on Saturday in the PMAC Superleague, kick off 2pm. Entry is £4 and £2.