Draw is a fair result for injury hit Vics

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Brechin Vics, who were minus the injured Charlie King and Fraser Crowe, were dealt a further blow when Strachan pulled up in the warm up.

To counter act this injury problem, they fielded a trialist in midfield.

East Craigie were first to threaten when there striker shot over from 12 yards. The wind and hard pitch was making football difficult and as a result chances were at a premium.

They came even closer on 14 minutes when Salisbury hit the crossbar from a 20 yards with a chip shot.

Vics gradually got back into the game and Renilson shot from 18 yards on the 20 minutes mark but the strike lacked power and was saved by the ‘keeper.

Robbie was brought into action on the half hour mark when he saved a header from eight yards. Five minutes later Buggins had a 25 yards free kick saved by the ‘keeper.

Half-time: East Craigie, 0; Brechin Vics, 0.

Vics were dealt a blow at half time when a reoccurrence of a groin injury resulted in Eaton being unable to continue. Stephen was his replacement.

They drew first blood and took the lead on 50 minutes. Dunn challenged the keeper to a high ball into the box and when the ball dropped Trialist smashed the ball into the corner of the net from 20 yards.

Their lead lasted only eight minutes.

Salisbury was played in on the Vics goal and he slipped the ball passed the advancing Robbie from 12 yards to bring the scores level.

The play was now raging from end to end but both sides were finding it difficult to create any clear cut chances.

Vics’ Barclay had a header from a Buggins cross sail over the bar, and an excellent Stephen cross from the right was missed by three players and drifted away to safety.

Team: Robbie, Gourlay, C. Eaton, Cairney, Whitworth, Ross, Trialist, Henderson, Buggins, Dunn, Renilson. Subs: S. Eaton, Stephen, Steel, Barclay, Spink.

A spokesperson for the club said: “A draw was a fair result in a game which could have gone either way. Both sides struggled to master the swirling wind and hard surface. Vics will be hoping their injury list shortens as they prepare for Saturday, September 7, home game against Forfar Albion. Kick off is at 2.30 p.m.

“With Brechin City having a free week this Saturday because of the international break why not come down and have a look at Brechin Vics.

“Manager Charlie King is hard at work developing his players focusing on a professionalism and a style and formation of play that will not only bring improved results but will also be good to watch.

“There is match day hospitality available on Saturday at a cost of £15.00 per person. Please ‘phone Brian Eaton on 01356 623534 for further details.”