Watt hits to keep Hive at the top

Stonehaven 3

Deveronside 2

Stonehaven and Deveronside served up a five goal thriller at Glenury last Sunday, but it was The Hive who took the points to stay at the top of the table courtesy of a last minute Campbell Watt winner.

The visitors,who already had a numerical advantage following Lewis Shand’s dismissal for an off the ball incident after 10 minutes,opened the scoring with 26 minutes played through an Ernest Milne header.

Martin Shand got on the end of a great ball in from Grant Moorhouse and the scores were level going into the break, however the numerical advantage held by the Banff side was lost when Scott Davidson saw red for a second booking on the 39th minute.

Deveronside regained the lead just three minutes into the second half when Colin Legge ran unchallenged through the Hive defence before firing past Capstick.

Robert King had the chance to increase the lead from the penalty spot on the hour but Capstick produced an excellent save down low to his left to keep the home side in the game.

The scores should have been level after 67 minutes when James Workman crossed for Martin Shand. However,despite finding the back of the net, he was judged to be in an offside position even though the ball was played backwards.

The equaliser did come only three minutes later when Darren Taylor cut inside and played back to Valentinas Šulkevičius who sidefooted low into the bottom corner of the net.

Hive continued to press in the search for a winner and had chances through Taylor and Watt but neither were able to find the back of the net.

Deveronside were reduced to nine men with 10 minutes remaining when Colin Legge was shown a straight red card,seemingly for something said to the officials, but even with the numerical disadvantage they managed to create a couple of chances in the last five minutes against which the Stonehaven defence held firm.

The game seemed to be heading for a draw as time ticked away, but Campbell Watt had other ideas and, after picking the ball up on the edge of the box, he fired past Tait and into the top corner of the net.

Stonehaven: Capstick, Robertson, Lewis Shand, Low, McCall, Sulkevicius, Anderson(Watt), Moorhouse(Mathieson), Wilson(Taylor), Martin Shand, Workman. Subs not used: Armstrong, Goate

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