Ellon United beat Inverness City 1-0 at The Meadows last weekend to keep their league points tally ticking over.
A Marc Lawrence header 13 minutes in proved to be decisive but United might have been made to pay the price for passing up several glorious first-half chances which should have seen them take a decisive lead into the interval.
United’s second-half display was lacklustre by comparison, which kept the scoreline too close for comfort.
Despite having the early edge United almost presented Inverness with the opener when a slack pass gifted the visitors possession and allowed them to break forward but Eadie pulled his shot wide.
United took the lead four minutes later when Marc Lawrence directed his header off Jack Goodwin’s cross beyond keeper Slaney.
With just over half an hour gone Callum Tremaine’s effort off a cross from Ross Gibbon slid the wrong side of the post.
The home goal survived a shaky moment in the 64th minute thanks to an awkward bouncing ball in the box which was eventually knocked over for a goal kick.
United were having problems settling down to the fluency they had shown in the first half, with any goal efforts misdirected.
Stuart Massie met a cross from Jack Tait only to see his effort blocked.
Play was immediately switched to the other end with United conceding a silly free kick which was completely wasted.
A minute later Morgan Cook saw his first real action with an excellent save to turn the ball behind for a corner.
Inverness did themselves no favours in the 81st minute when Stewart saw red for picking up a second caution.
United forced a free kick with Lenny Johnson fully testing Slaney with a vicious drive which the keeper managed to tip over his bar.