Banchory started this league match the quicker of the two teams, immediately putting the home defence under pressure winning a series of throw ins, but it was Bervie who had the first half chance. Anderson and Blacklaw combined to put McLaughlin free down the right and his cross narrowly escaped the on rushing Anderson.
Bervie continued to press and in a neat passage of play the ball was worked from the left hand side of midfield across to Smith whose effort from range just went wide for a goal kick.
Bervie got the reward for all their pressure midway through the half, Smith’s throw in found Karpinksi who was pushed. Blacklaw took the resultant free kick and floated the ball to the back post where the in-form McLaughlin rose to thump his header home giving the home side the lead.
Banchory tried to hit back immediately. Bervie half cleared their long ball forward only as far as their midfielder whose effort from range Leisk did well to save. Bervie kept the pressure on and nearly got through when Anderson lifted the ball over the midfielder and then rounded a defender only to be beaten to the ball by another defender.
Bervie’s next chance came after some tenacious play by Smith, and a left footed effort from Anderson was saved by the keeper. Right on half time Banchory again had another effort from distance which again Leisk was equal to.
Bervie started the second half as they finished the first and a Thomson shot was parried by the keeper. Again Bervie threatened down the left hand side with McLaughlin’s cross shot being saved well by the keeper.
As the half progressed Banchory were starting to come into the match but Gordon, Webster and Davies were standing firm with some well-timed challenges in the centre of the pitch.
A long ball forward from Banchory caught the defence out and Smith’s challenge was judged to be a foul, from the free kick Leisk came and did well to punch the ball clear.
Bervie were still threatening albeit less frequently but they were just not getting the break of the ball, with Anderson and McLaughlin both threatening but unable to make the pressure count. Blacklaw had a cross which came back off the bar.
Blacklaw then fed McLaughlin who was one on one with the keeper but again the keeper saved well, the ball broke to Blacklaw on the edge of the box and somehow the keeper got up and saved again putting the ball out for a corner.
With only minutes to go Banchory were pressing hard encouraged by their keepers saves at the other end. A cross into the box was headed clear by Davies and fell to the forward on the edge of the box and his first time effort looped over Leisk into the top corner of the goal giving Banchory a late equaliser for a share of the points.
Bervie were desperately unlucky not to hold on for the win which they probably deserved on the balance of play, however they came up against an inspired keeper who undoubtedly kept his team in the match.
Bervie: T. Leisk, S. Smith, K. Gordon, M. Davies, A. Wood, J. Karpinski, K. Webster, D. Blacklaw, H. Anderson, C. Thomson, J. McLaughlin. Subs: M. Morris, B. Duggan, Jayden McLaughlin.