It was back to league business on Saturday, when the Bay entertained Buckie Rovers in this PMAC Division Two gate at a sunny Watson Park.
Bay started off brightly; a Findlay header from a Buchan free kick was blocked by Anderson in the visitor’s goal.
Then a K. Park free kick from the edge of the box was initially headed clear by Ingram; the ball went out to Sime whose header went wide.
Ramsay won the ball in midfield and ran on into the box and put in a shot which Anderson turned away for a corner, which Findlay headed wide.
In a Buckie attack the ball fell to Bruce, who fired in a shot which was easily saved by McKessick. The keeper was then in action as he had to move quickly to save a deflected shot in another Buckie attack.
The Bay were beginning to mount same serious attacks on the visitors’ goal; Wilby was set up by Reid but the final effort from the Bay man went well over.
The Bay had a lucky escape when Legge headed over from a few yards out.
The Bay continued to mount attacks and they were rewarded after 20 minutes with a goal. Reid put the ball into the box following a Wisely free kick, and Findlay got on the end of it and headed the ball past Anderson.
In a Buckie attack, the Bay were put under pressure but Buchan put the ball out for a corner. Sutherland put the corner kick over the bar.
In the 30th minute the visitors drew level. Sutherland chased a loose ball from defence and ran on to lob the ball over the advancing McKessick and into the net.
The Bay were still having plenty of the game as the first half wore on; a Sime free kick was headed back across goal by Ingram to Findlay who put the ball in the waiting Anderson’s hands.
Ramsay then made a good run down the left and tried to get into the box but Findlay, for the visitors, got back to disposess him and clear the danger.
Sime then headed wide from a Wilby corner, which came as a result of another good run by Ramsay.
As the half ended Buckie were beginning to get more into the game.
Buckie started the second half in a more aggressive mood; a shot from 20 yards from Sutherland was easily collected by McKessick.
However, they went ahead after 50 minutes when Bruce latched onto a loose ball, rounded McKessick, in the box then laid on pass for Sutherland to tap home.
A Sime free kick beat the visitors’ defensive wall but, unfortunately for the Bay, the ball went straight to the waiting Anderson.
At the other end a Smith free kick was headed away for a corner, which McKessick was able to collect, comfortably.
Reid tried a shot from the edge of the box, as the Bay tried to get back on terms, but the effort was well wide.
Wilby then made a good run on the right and put in cross which was headed out by Stewart for a corner, which was cleared by the same player.
Ramsay for the Bay was figuring prominently at this stage. He collected the ball on the left, and put Wisely free. However, the latter’s cross eluded everyone in the box.
The Bay drew level after 72 minutes. The Buckie defence failed to clear a Wilby free kick and Sime was on hand to slot the ball home.
The Bay were now back in the game after a slow start to the second half.
Sherman, who came on for the injured Anderson in the visitors’ goal, was called upon to save a K. Park free kick from the edge of the box round the post, at full stretch.
The Bay went ahead for the second time after 80 minutes. K. Park put a good ball through to Ramsay, who calmly ran on and stroked the ball past Sherman.
The Bay were now playing some good football. Lawrence made a good run on the right and put in a cross which Inglis put wide.
In a Buckie attack McKessick struggled to collect a long high ball from the Buckie defence. Buchan got back to clear the danger and save the home keeper’s blushes.
The Bay went further ahead after eighty five minutes; Lawrence again made a good run down the right and put the ball through to Ramsay. who went on to score the goal of the match as he rounded M. Gauld and, leaving him stranded, stroked the ball past Sherman.
The visitors managed to reduce the arrears with a couple of minutes left when Legge latched on to another long ball and lobbed it over Mckessick
This was a good all-round performance by the Bay with man of the match Ramsay outstanding.
On Saturday the Bay are at home again in another PMAC Division Two game against Newmachar United; kick-off 2pm.
CRUDEN BAY: McKessick, Wisely, Duncan, Sime, Findl;ay, K Park, ramsay, Wilby, Inglis, Reid. Subs: Lawrence, Sangster, Nicoll, J Park, Glendinning.