Football: Brandanes make their point in battling Bearsden draw

Rothesay Brandane halted a losing away league run stretching back to the opening day of the season with a battling 2-2 draw away to Bearsden on Saturday.

The Rothesay men got off to the worst possible start when Bearsden, who won the corresponding fixture last season 8-0, took the lead with only five minutes on the clock - but the islanders were level within moments of the restart through Wes Pattison.

A poor defensive header allowed Bearsden to regain the advantage, and the hosts trooped off at half-time leading 2-1, but player-coach Neil Whitelaw followed up a fine save by the Bearsden keeper early in the second half to nod home the Brandanes’ second equaliser.

Both sides had chances to take all three points in an end-to-end second period, but when the final whistle blew the visitors could be happy with their efforts after picking up only their second point on the road this season.

* Read Nino Robertson’s full match report in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, February 28.