Ellon United squeezed past Stoneywood Parkvale 4 – 3 in their league game at The Meadows last weekend.
United paid the price for a slow start to each half and although Lenny Johnson forced a fine stop from keeper Gibson, the home side were finding it difficult to get into their stride and found themselves under some unnecessary pressure.
The visitors were obviously well up for thev fight and to make sure they were not going to be overrun as they had been in the first meeting.
Stoneywood Parkvale had a goal chalked off in the 10th minute but went ahead eight minutes later when a headed clearance by United fell to Collinson who drove the ball home.
United squared matters in the 38th minute when James Bain was fouled on the edge of the visitors` box and Lenny Johnson`s free kick flew into the far corner.
Neither side managed to gain the upper hand in the closing stages of the half and had to be content with 1 – 1 scoreline at half time.
If United`s start to the first half had been slow they were surprisingly even slower out of the blocks after the interval and it allowed Collinson to add his second.
The visitors` lead was short lived and when United won a free kick on the edge of the StoneywoodParkvale box Lenny Johnson stepped up again to drill home his second equaliser.
United made their initial change with Callum Tremaine replacing Jack Sim and the move paid immediate dividends when the sub put the StoneywoodParkvale defence under severe pressure at a long through ball allowing James Bain to pick up the pieces to put Ellon ahead for the first time.
United added fresh legs up front with Dean McDonald replacing James Bain. Scott Firth came on for Lenny Johnson in the closing stages but Ellon were unable to consolidate their advantage and when StoneywoodParkvale were awarded a free kick in a promising position with time running out, Jamie Cromar squared the game again with a fierce left foot shot.
The home side were not to be denied, however, and kept fighting to the very end with Kevin Anderson stepping up in stoppage time to put the points to bed.
ELLON UNITED: Cook, Gibbon, Craib, Irvine, Thornton, Seivwright, Massie, Sim (Tremaine), Bain (McDonald), Johnson (Firth), Anderson, S. Main, McKinnon.
Last weekend`s hard fought win consolidates United`s position at the top of league taking them seven points clear of Sunnybank although the Heathryfold side now have a game in hand as they were busy drawing 1 – 1 with Lewis United in the Ellon`s qualifying Morrison Cup section.
Next Saturday United travel to Peterhead to take on Buchanhaven Hearts on league duty.