Fight and determination for first league win

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Brechin Vics 2

Blairgowrie 1

Brechin Vics were playing their third home league game in seven days – and they were desperate to claim the three points.

Manager Charlie King made a number of changes as he attempted to get his first competitive victory.

It was Blairgowrie who had the first chance when, on four minutes, their striker headed over the crossbar from six yards.

Vics fought back and should have taken the lead on 10 minutes when Buggins played Barclay in on goal, but the latter shot wide of the target.

The game was end-to-end and the visitors had a chance on 15 minutes, but Robbie saved the 20 yard free kick.

Vics were next to have a chance when Stephen went close with an overhead kick, the ‘keeper saving with his feet.

They opened the scoring on 25 minutes when a good run along the goal line by Comiskey resulted in his shot being blocked, but Buggins was sharp to latch on to the loose ball and smashed the ball into the net from eight yards.

Blairgowrie retaliated and put Vics under pressure for a 10 minute period, but good defending kept Vics in front.

The visitors equalised on 42 minutes when a run and cross from the right found Murison who, from eight yards, slotted the ball past Robbie.

Vics had a chance to regain the lead a minute before the interval when Dunn picked out King in the box, but his shot went wide of the target.

Half-time: Brechin Vics 1, Blairgowrie, 1.

Blairgowrie started the brighter in the second period and had a great chance to take the lead on 55 minutes, but their striker shot wide with just Robbie to beat.

This stirred Vics into action and Buggins found Dunn with a delightful cross, but he failed to hit the target.

Two minutes later, Stephen was just wide of the target as he stretched to meet a King free kick. The home side were well on top at this stage, and went even closer on 70 minutes when Buggins played in Dunn, who from 20 yards curled the ball round the keeper, only for the ball to hit the post and rebound to safety.

They eventually took a deserved lead on 76 minutes after good work by King on the right. His cross was met by Whitworth, who bundled the ball into the net as the ‘keeper challenged him.

Vics continued to press, and should have extended their lead on 87 minutes when King was played in on goal, he rounded the ‘keeper but saw his shot hit the post and rebound to safety.

Team: Robbie, Strachan, C. Eaton, Gourlay, Whitworth, Stephen, Steel, Buggins, Barclay, King and Comiskey. Subs: S. Eaton, Dunn, E. Cairney, Renilson and Spink (goalkeeper).

A spokesperson for the club said: “This was a well deserved and important victory for Vics. Brechin played some neat football, but just as importantly showed real fight and determination to achieve the desired result.”

Vics’ next match is away to Forfar West End on Saturday (August 24). Kick-off is at 2.30 p.m.