Football: Brandanes’ poor away form continues

Rothesay Brandane’s away day slump showed no signs of coming to a halt on Saturday afternoon as the island side went down to a 2-0 defeat at Caledonian League new boys EKFC Whitehills - their ninth match in a row without a win on the road.

The Rothesay men started strongly but missed three good chances in the opening quarter - and were punished in the 27th minute when Luke Sinclair curled an excellent free kick past Danes’ keeper William Lawrence.

Whitehills finished the first half in the ascendancy but were unable to add to their lead before the break - and Wes Pattison missed another excellent chance for the visitors midway through the second half.

The hosts missed a great chance to make the points safe from the penalty spot after a foul by Lawrence inside the area, the keeper getting up to save the resulting kick, but the Brandanes’ fate was sealed in the last few minutes - first when left-back David Whitelaw was ordered off for aiming an elbow at an opponent, and then when Lawrence made another great block, only to somehow allow the ball to slip from his grasp, giving Whitehills’ striker Scott Hadden the easiest of finishes.

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