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Brora Rangers 3 Forres Mechanics 2: Can-Cans battle back from three-goal deficit but lose out at foggy Brora

By Jonathan Clark

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A SECOND half recovery job from Forres Mechanics was almost enough to make up for a poor first period against Brora Rangers.

The Cans trailed 3-0 after 40 minutes at Dudgeon Park thanks to goals from Adam Mackinnon, Jordan MacRae and Max Ewan, before Craig Mackenzie pulled one back before half-time.

Craig Mackenzie scored for Forres Mechanics against Brora Rangers. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Craig Mackenzie scored for Forres Mechanics against Brora Rangers. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Brora were reduced to 10 men when Millar Gamble was sent off with 10 minutes to go, before Taylor Thain made it 3-2 late on.

Mechanics manager Steven MacDonald admitted his side didn't do enough to get anything from the game – but was happy with their battling spirit.

"We weren't unfortunate not to get a point, but after being 3-0 down to come back and push them at the end was pleasing," he said.

"We were probably lucky not be further behind at half-time and the worry was that if we went out and did the same again then they could humiliate us again.

"Brora were comfortable and saw the game out well, but fair play to the boys in the second half."

Foggy conditions made seeing the action at Dudgeon Park made seeing the action difficult – but there was never any hint that the game wouldn't be played to a conclusion.

"The referee never mentioned it," MacDonald added. "We couldn't see the other side of the park.

"The ball was going into the box and we were waiting to hear the roar to find out whether Brora had scored because we couldn't see it – it was that bad."

Forres Mechanics' manager Steven MacDonald...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Forres Mechanics' manager Steven MacDonald...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Euan Storrier played in goals for the Can-Cans, but has now been recalled by Buckie Thistle and Lee Herbert – who trained this week – is likely to return for Banks O' Dee on Saturday.

A 4-2 win at Banks O' Dee in the Highland League Cup earlier this campaign remains the marquee result this campaign for the Cans.

"We will be trying to replicate that, but trying to replicate it is one thing and doing it is another," MacDonald added. "We haven't backed up that result since it happened.

"We have to try to do it again but it will be on their minds that it hurt them.

"We need to start getting wins again, that's the main objective, but it's not easy with the run that we are on. We have a few big games coming up so hopefully we can get back to winning ways."

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