Lossiemouth assistant boss Ian Campbell praises Coasters as they push Highland League champions Brora Rangers all the way before Jordan MacRae's late double earns Cattachs victory
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FOR the second time this season, improving Lossiemouth gave league champs Brora Rangers a real scare before going down to a narrow defeat.
Brora won 2-0 in Wednesday night's Highland League meeting between the teams at Grant Park but needed two late goals to get them through.
The sides last met in the North Cup semis in September at Dudgeon Park, where Lossie came back from 2-0 to force penalties but lost the shootout.
"This is the second time we've given Brora a good game," said Lossie assistant manager Ian Campbell. "We had maybe two or three chances to take the lead before the scored."
The deadlock was broken on 73 minutes by Jordan MacRae's strike and the same player netted his second nine minutes later to wrap up a hard-fought win for Brora.
The Cattachs are now seven points behind leaders Fraserburgh with a game in hand.
But the gap between Broch and their closest rivals is now just three points, as Brechin and Rothes both picked up resounding away wins.
Rothes handed new Forres Mechanics manager Gordon Connelly a nightmare start by winning 7-0 at Mosset Park.
Two Jack Brown goals and further strikes by Gary Kerr, Lewis Hyde, Aidan Wilson, Michael Finnis and Alan Pollock overwhelmed the Cans.
Brechin won 5-0 at Turriff to make it 12 wins in their last 13 outings and put them in strong title contention.
Max Kuckeriavyi, Iain Davidson, Marc Scott and Julian Wade had Brechin 4-0 up by half time with David Cox adding a late fifth.