Stonehaven FC were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Longside on Saturday in their opening Grill League Cup match.
The Hive had taken the lead in the first half via a goal from C Trialist but were pegged back in the second half courtesy of a Sean Butcher penalty after Adam McWilliam had handled on the line and was shown a straight red card.
With Islavale and Deveronside drawing 3-3 at Simpson Park it means that whoever wins on Saturday between Deveronside and Stonehaven will occupy top spot in Section 3.
Stonehaven begin their PMAC Superleague campaign with a hard fought 1-0 win over Hall Russell United at Denmore Park.
The 2nd half winner from a trialist gave Hive the points.