Controversial goals seal Vics defeat

Arbroath Vics 2

Brechin Vics 0

Brechin Vics were again on their travels when they faced Arbroath Vics.

The match started in almost perfect conditions and it was a fairly even beginning.

Brechin’s first chance came after seven minutes when a Strachan cross just failed to pick out McWilliam at the near post.

The game was flowing from end to end without either side creating a clear cut chance.

Arbroath took the lead on 15 minutes when a ball into the box found Mowatt who, from a suspiciously offside position, hammered the ball past Robbie.

Brechin tried to get back into the game but they were finding their more experienced opposition difficult to break down.

Arbroath went two goals up on 26 minutes when their winger was allowed to progress, even although the ball appeared to be out of play, and cross for the unmarked striker to slot into the empty net from two yards.

Robbie produced a great save on 30 minutes to keep Brechin in the game.

Their best move of the half came on 35 minutes when C. Eaton and Barker combined to create a chance for Robertson, but his shot from 18 yards was blocked and cleared to safety.

Half-time: Arbroath Vics 2, Brechin Vics 0.

Robbie produced a great diving save in the first minute of the second half.

Brechin were having more of the play in this half and they almost pulled a goal back on 55 minutes when a Buggins header hit the crossbar before being cleared to safety.

They were much better in the second half and had a succession of free kicks.

Barker had an effort well wide of the target before a Strachan free kick produced a scramble in the Arbroath box before being cleared to safety.

Another free kick from 25 yards by Buggins went high over the crossbar.

They continued to have the larger share of possession but could not work to contrive a clear cut opening.

Brechin introduced Fyfe, S. Eaton and Darar during the half but the pattern of the game remained the same with Brechin looking the more likely to score but without the cutting edge that was required.

Team: Robbie, Duff, C. Eaton, Buggins, Gourlay, Dunn, Smith, Strachan, McWilliam, Barker and Robertson. Subs - S. Eaton, Fyfe, Crowe, Cairney and Darar.

Brechin never really got going until the second half and although they had a fair share of possession they could not create a clear cut chance.

The goals conceded, although both controversial, should have been defended better. Brechin Vics are away once against, this time to Forfar Albion on Saturday, March 9 The match kicks-off at 2.30 p.m.