Published: 05/12/2012 22:56 - Updated: 05/12/2012 23:02

Leslie earns derby draw for City

ELGIN City’s 1-1 draw at Peterhead on Wednesday night left manager Ross Jack with mixed emotions.Ross Jack celebrates the win at Peterhead

A victory could have taken City above Rangers into Division 3 top spot, and Jack felt his team had the chances to claim all three points.

But he admitted a draw against a Peterhead side unbeaten at home in the league has given his men something to build on for this weekend’s home clash against Clyde.

Stuart Leslie’s 11th goal of the season on the hour mark cancelled out David Cox’s deserved opener for Blue Toon.

Jack said Elgin looked the likelier to score once Leslie had got them level, and it could be seen as two points dropped in the quest to stay close to leaders Rangers.

“We had a higher chance count overall and could easily have won it, though we could also have lost it at the death when John Gibson had to make a save,” Ross admitted.

“Peterhead played extremely well whereas we maybe didn’t play as well as we have been recently.

“In the end we had to dig out a result with a really good second half performance.”

The home side opened well with Rory McAllister forcing a good Gibson save and Scott McLaughlin hitting the post.

Cox drove them in front on 23 minutes, though Elgin hit back with shots by Craig Gunn and Mark Nicolson, and two Leslie efforts which went past.

An improved City showing after the break gained its reward on 60 minutes when Leslie volleyed in Daniel Moore’s assist.

Leslie was also denied by a good save from the home keeper as the Moray men went in search of the goal which would have put them top of the league.

However, the share of the spoils means City have lost just once in their last ten outings, that solitary defeat coming in the cup at Rangers on Sunday.

Elgin: Gibson, Niven, McMullan (Millar), Crighton, Duff, Cameron (Harkins), Gunn (Wyness), O’Donoghue, Leslie, Nicolson, Moore. Subs: Beveridge, Black.

See the Northern Scot for more Elgin City news and pictures from their Ibrox cup-tie.

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