|CB||5||Andy Ward (c)|
In one of three Lowland League matches that defeated the cold last weekend Cumbernauld Colts made the trip to Raydale Park to face Gretna 2008 F.C looking to further close the gap between them and fourth place Dalbeattie who they dispatched last weekend.
It was a quick start for Colts as Sean Brown put the visitors ahead after only 5 minutes. A corner swung in from the left made its way through to an unmarked Brown who struck the ball first time past the helpless goalkeeper.
The home side responded to going behind and for most of the remaining first half were on the front foot, however the Colts defence were rarely troubled with only one credible effort that Fahey dealt with comfortably. As the half drew to a close the home side Gretna drew level when they delivered a corner of their own that was tucked away to see the teams go in level at half time. It was a bitter pill to swallow for the Colts who had not been at their best but rarely looked troubled.
Half Time 1-1
The teams emerged unchanged for the second half, it was the Colts who looked the more determined and began to press more aggressively, a number of chances came and went as the home side were pushed back, Murray was again in good form however he passed up two decent opportunities which he was unable to convert.
The home side were not without a couple of chances themselves as they looked to hit on the counter attack, one of which forcing in-form goalkeeper Chris Fahey into an excellent one handed save to force a corner.
As the clock ticked on, Colts created further chances the best of which fell to Sean Brown who broke through on goal only to hit his shot straight at the goalkeeper who managed to push it away for a corner.
With the game drawing to a close it was the hosts who nearly stole all three points, a shot from an in-swinging corner took a deflection off of a Colts defender and with Fahey stranded in goal the ball looked to be heading into the net but it just crept past the post and the game came to a close with the teams level.
On the balance of possession in the second half the Colts will be disappointed not to take all three points, however the home side will also feel they done enough to merit their point.
Full Time 1-1