blackburn United’s first trip to Gorebridge in more than 10 years saw the side rediscover at least some of last season’s form which had been missing from much of the early season League Cup campaign and certainly from last week’s sloppy defeat at the hands of Falkirk.
On seven minutes, Andy McQuillan displayed no little skill in tricking his way past Newall inside the area and clipping in a shot from the corner of the six-yard box which Arniston keeper Rachowski pushed past for a corner.
Shortly thereafter, McQuillan then set up Nicky Miller on the left for a first time shot that Rachowski was again equal to.
With the back line ably snuffing out the sporadic threat of Kaigwa on the Arniston right, it was Blackburn who also created and scorned the final opportunity of the first half.
McQuillan was holding his head in despair after his side foot effort was saved after a clever touch and turn by Miller on receipt of a Chris Simpson pass had presented him with a clear sight of goal.
If the first half had been all about Blackburn, then the second was all about Arniston – and also the imposing presence of Andy Cooper at the heart of the visiting defence.
On 56 minutes, Anderson put in Kaigwa on the right, but he sliced wildly past before he was ultimately tamed and nullified as a real threat by Jimmy Sommerville, who was playing in the unfamiliar left back position.
However, it was Cooper – an early season signing by Blackburn from local rivals Fauldhouse United – who really prevented the home side from truly threatening Andy Sheridan in the Blackburn goal.
Time and time again, the big central defender’s head or boot intervened just when required, although when the United ‘keeper was forced into action, he dealt comfortably enough with Garden’s shot before guiding Kaigwa’s deflected effort past.
At the other end, Ross Williamson and McQuillan linked to put in substitute Danny Campbell, but he dragged his shot across the face of goal and past.
With the game heading into added time, Sheridan was called upon one last time to block a Jones’ shot to ensure that the points were shared.
Arniston Rangers: Rachowski, Brady, Newall, Moriarty, Faulds, Anderson, R.Sommerville, McLennan, Beattie, Kaigwa, Cockburn Subs: Jones, Marshall, McCaul, Fenwick, Garden.