COMEBACK stopper Paul Kaczan helped a depleted Elgin City earn a creditable 1-1 draw at Stirling Albion.
The long serving centre back answered manager Barry Wilson’s call of mercy to start the match at Forthbank on Tuesday night.
And City, without several regulars due to injury, suspension and other commitments, battled against the odds to grab a point against their promotion chasing hosts.
Kaczan partnered Sean Crighton at the heart of City’s back four, with skipper Jamie Duff banned following a red card against Peterhead on Saturday.
It was the first time the defender had played in almost two-and-a-half years, with his last appearance coming in November 2011 at East Stirling.
After a goalless first 45 minutes, Stirling took the lead through Sandy Cunningham five minutes after the break.
The home side missed chances to increase their lead, and were punished when Craig Gunn clipped home his 16th goal of the season on 85 minutes.
By then, Kaczan had been replaced by Elgin assistant boss Graham Bayne in defence, while teenager Callum Murray also came on for his senior debut late on.
The result ended a run of three straight defeats for City, who will be aiming to return to winning ways when they host Annan on Saturday.
This week’s Northern Scot print version has reaction from City boss Barry Wilson, skipper Jamie Duff and returning player Ceiran McLean.