Difficult afternoon for Vics

Forfar West End, 4; Brechin Vics, 1

Brechin Vics travelled to meet promotion hopefuls Forfar West End on what proved to be a difficult afternoon.

Forfar started quickly and had Vics pinned back. They took the lead on four minutes when a ball played in over the defence found Scott who coolly slotted past the helpless Robbie.

Forfar went two up on eight minutes, again with a very soft goal. A long ball from their defence caught Vics out and Irons was on hand to score from six yards as the ball was squared along the six yard box.

Vics gradually got themselves back into the game after the whirlwind start and McWilliam was unlucky on 19 minutes when his hook shot just missed the target.

They came even closer two minutes later when Whitworth was presented with a chance but the keeper saved his effort from six yards.

They were caught out for a third time on 26 minutes when they failed to clear a ball into the box and Ramsay scored from 10 yards.

Vics kept plugging away and were rewarded on 30 minutes with a penalty kick when Fullerton was brought down in the box as he was about to shoot. Buggins stepped up and scored with the resultant spot kick.

They went close on 34 minutes when a Fullerton corner caused mayhem in the box before being cleared for another corner.

From the resultant kick, Strachan saw his shot from 20 yards smash of the post with the ‘keeper beaten before being cleared to safety.

Vics were caught with a sucker punch on 41 minutes when Scott scored with and unstoppable shot from 16 yards.

Half-time: Forfar West End, 4; Brechin Vics 1.

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

Vics were having an equal share of the spoils in this half and had a couple of efforts from Fyfe scrambled clear by the West End defence.

McWilliam worked a good chance for himself but he was just crowded out as he looked to shoot at goal.

Vics changed things midway through the half pushing three up front but this failed to create the chances and goals that they required.

As they pushed everything into attack for the last five minutes they were caught out on the break and were reliant on Robbie to produce three great saves to prevent any further scoring.

Team: Robbie, Buggins, Crowe, Cairney, Gourlay, S Eaton, Fullerton, Strachan, McWilliam, Fyfe and Whitworth. Sub: Smith, Barker, Robertson and Trialist.

Slack play in the first half resulted in Vics downfall losing four very soft goals. They did create a number of chances but their finishing was off the boil. The second half was much more even.

Vics are away to Downfield on Saturday, April 27, which is their final game of the season. Kick-off is at 2.30 p.m.

Vics are holding a fund-raising Race Day ACE DAY on Sunday, May 5, at Hudsons Bar. Everyone is welcome to attend with the first race starting at 2.30 p.m., prompt.