Goals in the dying minutes earned Formartine United a dramatic 2-2 draw at home to Deveronvale on Saturday.
The Pitmedden side looked down and out until they produced yet another remarkable late comeback to rescue something from a match that looked beyond them.
On this form, they certainly do not possess the ruthlessness normally associated with champions in the making, even if their never-say-die spirit is to be commended.
Formartine started brightly as usual, taking the game to Vale and pinning them back in their own territory.
The ball was pinged about with pace and verve at times and the visitors were reduced to a counter-puncher’s role.
Vale had a chance in the 10th minute when Rodger slipped the ball across to Cowie whose 25-yard drive was high and wide.
United replied with Keith being inches away from connecting with a ball across the face of goal from McKay.
The home side continued to press but were stunned on the stroke of half-time when Vale took the lead through a defensive slip-up.
Hay failed to intercept a pass and blocked keeper Shearer’s path. Charlesworth was on to it in a flash and directed the ball past the sprawling keeper.
United went all out for the equaliser when the second half got under way but still lacked the midfield bite due to the absence of Clark and McVitie.
They fell further behind in the 52nd minute and again it was down to poor defending. Smith’s cleared header fell tamely to Cowie who slipped the ball to Charlesworth, who added his second from 15 yards.
Formartine didn’t seem to be unduly phased by the setback and continued to press without really looking like finding the net.
Home fans were fearing the worst until the final dramatic minutes.
A superb diving save by Shearer at the feet of Aitken kept their faint hopes alive and they were thrown a lifeline with five minutes left.
McKeown was shoved in the box by Henry and was spotted by referee Milne who awarded a penalty. Keith stepped up to bury it hard, low and right.
And the comeback was complete with a leveller in stoppage time.
A quick Smith throw in eventually found its way to Anderson near the penalty spot and he sent to ball past the despairing reach of the diving McConnachie for a share of the points.
Formartine United: Shearer, Munro, Smith, McKeown, Hay, Duguid, Napier, Bagshaw, Keith, Anderson, McKay. Substitutes: Dingwall, Madle, Clark, Jeffrey, Watson.
Deveronvale: McConnachie, Rae, Henry, Rennie, Cowie, M Charlesworth, Rodger, C Charlesworth, Simpson, Aitken, Watt. Substitutes: Archibald, Quill, Trialist, Munro, Ross, Carmichael, Fyfe.