Published: 14/02/2013 23:59 - Updated: 14/02/2013 15:22

Ross Tokely shines on impressive Brora Rangers debut

Brora Rangers went down 2-1 on their trip to Formartine United.
Brora Rangers went down 2-1 on their trip to Formartine United.
IT wasn’t to be third time lucky for Brora Rangers as they conceded two second half goals against high-flying Formartine United at North Lodge Park last Saturday.

 

Brora lost their previous two encounters against Steve Paterson’s side this season, going down 3-2 in the Scottish Cup and 2-1 in the Highland League.

On a positive note, Ross Tokely made an impressive debut for Brora on Saturday. The former Ross County and Caley Thistle defender came closest to grabbing an equaliser for his new side late on.

Brora goalkeeper Ally Ridgers was called into action in the ninth minute when he dealt with a Hamish Munro header.

Good defending from Brora’s Scott Houston then thwarted Mark Smith.

The visitors’ first real chance fell for Steven MacKay in the 32nd minute. The Brora captain linked up with Zander Sutherland but the ball took a bobble at the vital moment and MacKay’s effort flew over the crossbar.

At the other end, Ridgers did well to tip a Michael Ewen shot onto the crossbar as the home side threatened again.

But it was Brora who went ahead on the stroke of half-time when MacKay got on the end of a Sutherland free kick to glance his header past United keeper Andy Shearer.

However, two goals in a three-minute spell early in the second half turned this match on its head. Kevin Webster’s delivery into the Brora box in the 52nd minute was only partially cleared but Daniel Park was on hand to prod the ball over the line.

Webster was the architect again when his curling effort came off the upright and Park once again pounced to steer the ball home.

Brora substitute Craig Ross and new boy Tokely both came close to grabbing what would have been a deserved point for the Sutherland side.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Brora host Strathspey Thistle at Dudgeon Park – kick-off 3pm.

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