Huntly were held to a 1-1 draw with junior side Lewis United who came in as replacement opposition for Carnoustie Panmure.

The home side survived an early scare when the returning Adam Naismith conceded a penalty but Co-Manager Mark Gray was pleased Andrew Pennycook kept out the resulting spot kick.

“I was joking after the game saying Adam just wanted to let people know he was back putting in a challenge that early but being serious it was a good save from Andrew. It was good workout for us, we saw a lot of the ball and Lewis United sat it with two banks of four which made it difficult but again on the break they were tricky. It was good for us that they gave some of our under 20s a game for us to have a look at them.

Fair play to Lewis for coming in late to give us a game like they did last year and 1-1 was probably a fair reflection on the game.  We had some players only meeting their new team mates for the first time and it’ll take time for these players to gel together. For us friendly matches are more an exercise in fitness and for the newer players, getting to know your team mates and the goals will come I’m sure.”

Ian Cruickshank was again used in a striking goal and his Manager was pleased with another fine finish from the player of the year.

“He did well once he got in behind, he’s got the pace to make those chances and after putting the shot across the keeper he’s done well and that came from us pressing the opposition.”