City take the points in Angus derby

Bobby Barr fires a shot past Scott Morrison to open the scoring for City.
Bobby Barr fires a shot past Scott Morrison to open the scoring for City.

Brechin City bounced back from their defeat by Forfar Athletic with a victory in another Angus derby - this time away to Arbroath.

A strike by Bobby Barr in the first half was enough to give the Glebe Park men a much needed victory at Gayfield.

It was a quiet start to the game with neither side creating much in front of goal.

But it was Brechin who came closest when defender Ewan Moyes connected with a Barr free kick but Scott Morrison in the Arbroath goal pulled off a great save to deny him.

This was a sign of things to come as on 37 minutes the deadlock was broken when Brechin went ahead.

A free kick into the box saw Arbroath unable to clear the ball and BARR pounced to slot it home from close range.

Half-time: Arbroath 0, Brechin City 1.

After the break, the Lichties tried desperately to go level as they piled on the pressure.

On 47 minutes, a free kick in a promising position saw Alan Cook take it, but his strike went high over the bar.

Soon after Graham Bayne had a golden opportunity to equalise but his shot was well saved by Brechin ‘keeper Graeme Smith, who returned to the side following an injury problem.

Bobby Linn also had a good attempt on goal, which went wide as did Paul Sheerin but both were unable to find the back of the net.

With the killer instinct in front of goal lacking the Lichties all afternoon, they couldn’t find an equaliser and were condemned to yet another defeat - leaving them rooted in the relegation play-off spot, just two points ahead of bottom club Airdrie.

The victory sees Brechin in seventh place in the league on 22 points in the league, eight ahead of Arbroath.