Turriff United travelled to Grant Street Park Inverness this past Saturday to take on fellow strugglers Clachnacuddin ninth league game of the season.
Manager Kris Hunter returned to the dugout so the only absentee was coach Ian Bruce who was still on a well-deserved break and it was an unchanged side that took to the field for the first time this season.
It took only eleven minutes for Turriff United to take the lead as some good play down the right side by Lewis Buxton saw him play the ball in, as it came back out again he collected the ball with his back to goal and was unceremoniously wiped out with referee Harry Bruce wasting no time in pointing to the spot.
Michael EWEN stepped up and sent home keeper Jake Williamson the wrong way to break the deadlock.
Turriff almost doubled their lead just three minutes later as a Luke Kinsella free kick was floated in but went just over the bar.
With eighteen minutes gone Turriff had their second as Robert WARD collected the ball with his back to goal in the middle of the park, he spun past his man before heading for the right side of the area where he unleashed a fantastic effort which went over Williamson and into the net at a ferocious pace, adding to his two goal of the season contenders against Strathspey Thistle.
There was a good spell of play for Turriff as they continued to hunt for another goal, some great defending by Owen Kinsella in the right back position saw him come away with the ball before launching a ball down the left flank for Liam Norris to chase, he caught it by the touchline and fired a ball across goal which was just marginally too far in front of Robert Ward with the striker stretching but unable to get a touch on it at the back post.
Clachnacuddin were still scrapping away and some good passing play on the counter saw the ball worked out to the left flank but their progress was halted by another solid challenge from Owen Kinsella despite their vociferous claims for a penalty of their own.
HT Clachnacuddin 0-2 Turriff United
Clachnacuddin started the second half with a renewed impetus in the their play and a break down the right saw Luke Kinsella keeping up with play but Blair Lawrie skinned him before sending in a cross which was held by Fraser Hobday at the second attempt.
Clachnacuddin again pushed forward varying their attacks as this one came down the left side, again the cross came in but again Hobday held at the second attempt.
Turriff roared back with a great long ball down the line by Lewis Buxton for Robert Ward to chase, multiple stepovers ensued which saw him ghost past his marker but the final shot went just wide of the post.
Clachnacuddin pulled one back on sixty two minutes and it was another penalty as a high ball into the box was adjudged to have been handled by James Chalmers with Michael Finnis stepping up and firing the ball home from twelve yards.
This gave the young Clachnacuddin player an added boost as they went in search of an equaliser to claim their first points of the season.
They came close as another break down the left side saw the resultant header land on the roof of the net.
With around fifteen minutes left Turriff had the unexpected chance to extend their lead as a break away from substitute Angus Grant saw him hauled down in the box with Harry Bruce pointing to the spot for the third time that day, Grant himself on in place of last penalty scorer Michael Ewen stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way again, but this time the spot kick was wayward and rebounded off the left post and was cleared.
Clachnacuddin broke away down the right and a quick counter attack saw Turriff racing back to avert the danger but Lawrie still managed to get his shot away well and a it required a full length dive from Fraser Hobday to push the ball wide of the goal.
With time ticking away it was all set up for some late drama and late drama it delivered, a Clachnacuddin corner in the ninetieth minute was played into the back post where youngster Eachainn MILLER rose highest unmarked to power home a header into the top corner sending the Clachnacuddin players into a wild frenzy and left the Turriff players with their heads in their hands and their faces covered as another three points slipped away.
Turriff United welcome Formartine United to The Haughs on Saturday 21st on Scottish Cup duty before rounding out the month with a home tie against Buckie Thistle on the 28th.
FT Clachnacuddin 2-2 Turriff United