Bellslea retain league title

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Bellslea entertained New Pitsligo in their last match of the season and knew they needed one point to retain the league title.

The match started with Pitsligo had the gusting wind behind them. Bellslea won the first corner of the match on 6 minutes and Liam Rollo swung it in William Calder headed in the opener.

At the other end a Stephen shot went well wide of McRobb’s goal. Calder thought he was in on goal but Wisely made a great tackle just inside the box. Pitsligo were getting more and more into the match and drew level on 18 minutes when Craig Smith drilled a shot low into the corner of the Bellslea net. From a Bellslea corner taken by Rollo found Lee Noble but he scooped it over the bar.

A Pitsligo corner was sent in and Christie rose above the home defence but his header went just wide. Shortly afterwards Pitsligo did take the lead when Christie set up Davidson to drill home from just inside the box. Bellslea were finding it hard to clear and Pitsligo forced 3 corners in succession which came to nothing. Calder nearly drew the home side level just before half time but it was cleared off the line.

The second half started with Pitsligo having more of the play but it was Bellslea who levelled against the run of play when Watt was played down the right and he cut in past the defender and cooly slotted over the out rushing keeper.

Watt again down the right and crossed for Calder who saw his shot brilliantly saved by Simpson who shortly after made the save of the season from a Watt header which was heading for the top corner of the net, when he managed to get his left hand and push the ball onto the bar and over.

Back at the home end a Finnie free kick was floated to the back post and Christie headed back across goal but McDonald managed to clear.

With 10 minutes to go Pitsligo took the lead through Neil Christie with a shot at the near post which crept in. It looked as though Pitsligo was going to hold out but right at the end a ball was fired across the Pitsligo box and William Calder was on hand to fire home to level the match once more. There was no more scoring and Bellslea retained their League Title.

Clinton Thistle played their last league match against Panasonic Tavern and they shared 4 goals in a 2 all draw.

Scoring for the home side was Scott Falconer and Scott Milne and for the away side was a brace from Graeme Wood. Panasonic finished the match with 10 men as Alistair Donaldson was sent off. Results-Deejays Nightclub League-Bellslea 3 New Pitsligo 3, Clinton Thistle 2 Panasonic Tavern 2, Fixtures Sat 22 Jan, Victoria Cup Semi Final-Elizabethan link Up v Invercairn United, Scottish Cup 2nd Rd-Afton v Panasonic, 3rd rd-Blackabbott v New Deer,

“The NESFA would like to thank Mark Forsyth of Deejays Nightclub in Fraserburgh for his continuous support of our League,” said a spokesperson for the association.