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Wanderers in fightback to grab points

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BRORA Wanderers came from two goals down to pip fellow Sutherland AFA league side Dornoch City 5-4 in a thriller at Meadows Park last Saturday.

City were well on top in the first half and Jordan Morrison gave them an early lead before Calum MacKay headed home a second before the break.

Garry MacLeod threw Wanderers a lifeline when he netted in the 50th minute and James Morrison made it 2-2 five minutes later.

However, City restored their lead mid-way through the second period when Tom Smith fired home a Cameron Hook assist.

But back came Wanderers and Callum Stewart levelled matters before a MacLeod double, to complete his hat-trick, put the visitors into a commanding 5-3 lead.

There was late drama when City were awarded a penalty in the 85th minute which was converted by Lewis Andrew.

A Martin Banks hat-trick was the highlight as Helmsdale United defeated Lairg Rovers 4-1 at Ferrycroft Park.

Rovers’ Calum MacNab scored the only goal of the first half with stunning free kick from 35 yards.

Banks levelled on the hour mark when he pounced on a poor clearance to score and he netted again ten minutes later with a shot from the edge of the 18-yard line.

It was all United now and Banks completed his hat-trick with a back post volley.

Luke Sawyer got in the act with a fourth goal a couple of minutes later.

In the other match, leaders Golspie Stafford were held to a 2-2 draw at Embo.

David MacKay gave Embo the lead in the fourth minute with a ferocious 30-yard strike which flew into the net.

David Munro had the chance to double the lead shortly afterwards but he was denied by an excellent point-blank save from Stafford goalkeeper Gordon MacRae.

Despite being on the back foot for most of the game Stafford got back on level terms in the 57th minute when Aaron Smith swept home a John Smith cross.

The home side were awarded a penalty in the 64th minute when James MacGillivray was fouled in the box by Scott Clark and Craig MacKay made no mistake from the spot.

But Golspie got a penalty of their own in the 78th minute when Adam Sutherland was taken down. Embo claimed the infringement took place outside the box but the referee pointed to the spot and Shane Sutherland, who had made a surprise return from injury as a substitute, slotted away the spot kick.

Fixtures: Tonight (Friday), July 6 – League – 7.30pm – Brora Wanderers v Embo. Saturday, July 7 – League – 3pm – Helmsdale United v Dornoch City; Lairg Rovers v Golspie Stafford.

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