Late strike sees Hive held at culter

Hive were held to a draw at Culter
Hive were held to a draw at Culter

Stonehaven made the journey to Crombie Park on Saturday to take on Culter as they looked to extend their lead at the top.

After just a minute an Adams free kick was tipped over and the corner was headed over by Shand.

Two minutes later and the hosts came close to opening the scoring. A throw in on the Hive left ball saw the ball played into the middle all too easily and short one two found Booth but a sliding challenge from Pyper put him off and he shot wide.

On 6 minutes the ball was played down the Hive left but the resulting shot was dealt with by Trialist.

Hive broke upfield and a Jordan Reid cross to the back post found the head of Jonny Cook but he could only head into Buchanan’s hands.

Culter had a great chance on 11 minutes when they broke forward and the ball in found Horne but his touch luckily took it wide of the far post.

A minute later and Jordan Reid and Cook again almost combined to open the scoring. The ball was played down the Hive left but again Buchanan in the hosts goal was equal to the header.

The visitors came close again on 15 minutes when a ball upfield found Adams who laid to Jordan Reid who advanced in on goal but shot over from a tight angle.

Smyth came close for Culter on 19 minutes when the ball came in from the Hive right but his shot at the back post was blocked for a corner which the defence dealt with.

Hive broke upfield and Adams played the ball to Jordan Reid whose shot was blocked. Smith then played the ball to Cook whose ball in was held by Buchanan at the second attempt.

Buchanan was called into action again on 25 minutes when a Pyper free kick was headed down to Adams on the edge of the box and his fierce effort was excellently pushed away.

Horne tried his luck from a free kick on 28 minutes following a foul by Steven Reid on Gordon but Trialist did well to hold his low effort.

Horne came close again on 37 minutes when the ball came in from the right but his header was held by Trialist.

Shortly afterwards a ball down the Hive left from Cook found Adams but his cross found no taker at the back post and the ball went out of play.

Culter came close on 42 minutes when slackness in midfield resulted in the ball being played down the Hive right and spun into the path of Horne but Trialist came out to block.

Booth had the last chance of the half when he picked the ball up from a thrown in but his speculative shot came off the top of the crossbar and went over for a goal kick.

Half time - Culter 0 Stonehaven 0

The visitors had the first chance of the second half but Wilson did well to clear the danger.

From the resulting corner Cook found McTavish but he could only send his header over the top.

Leith threatened for Culter when he cut in down the Hive right but Reid did well to clear on 65 minutes.

Straight from that the ball was played upfield and Adams laid to Cook who took a touch to steady himself but saw his shot blocked.

After the ball was lost in midfield Culter broke forward and Reid did well to block Horne’s cross.

With 20 minutes to go Armstrong and Adams combined well down the Hive left and Adams found Jordan Reid at the back post but his shot couldn’t find its way past Buchanan.

On 72 minutes Wilson played a dangerous looking free kick into the Hive box but luckily there were no takers and the ball went out of play.

Two minutes later Leith switched the ball to McArthur who cut inside but his left foot effort flashed wide of target.

Just over a minute later and the Hive took the lead. The ball was played and Jordan Reid laid to SCOTT ADAMS who looked to have overrun and lost the chance to score but he cut back and fired low past Buchanan.

Adams came close again with 10 minutes left when he latched onto a ball over the top but Buchanan was equal to his effort.

Deep into stoppage time the hosts pressure paid off and they snatched an equaliser. The ball was played over to the Hive left and was cleared for a corner which wasn’t cleared and fell to Anderson who fired past Trialist to give both sides a share of the points.

Full time - Culter 1 Stonehaven 1

STONEHAVEN: I Trialist, Smith (Armstrong 62), Jonny Cook (Cormack 68), Steven Reid, McTavish, Pyper, Shand, Anderson, Jordan Reid (Matthew Cook 87), Adams, Wyness, Armstrong. Subs not used Goate, Šulkevičius.