Hard earned win for Brechin Vics

Brechin Vics travelled to face Forfar Albion in one of only three matches in the East Region North League to survive the weather.

Vics were taken by surprise in the second minute when the home side took the lead. A cross came the box was met by McIntosh, who rose to head the ball past Robbie from eight yards.

They tried to hit back, but King’s attempt from a free kick from 20 yards sailed over the cross bar.

Vics were finding the soft pitch difficult to master and although they were playing some neat football, it wasn’t hurting the opposition.

An injury blow for Vics in the 25th minute saw Gourlay leave the field of play to be replaced by S. Eaton.

The visitors should have equalised when King was clear on goal, but the Albion ‘keeper stood up well and saved his effort.

Half-time: Forfar Albion 1, Brechin Vics 0.

Vics had the best move of the game on 50 minutes when Dunn had an effort, but he screwed his shot wide from 12 yards.

They were having most of the play in the second half and the Albion ‘keeper had to save twice - first from Steel and then C. Eaton.

It was all Vics at this stage and they deservedly equalised on 75 minutes. King released Ferguson who drove in on goal and placed the ball past the advancing ‘keeper from 18 yards.

Forfar gave them a scare three minutes later when a header from a corner went just passed the post.

The visitors were then reduced to 10 men when Steel was harshly sent off for a tackle in the middle of the park, but it didn’t stop them from pressing Albion.

Vics eventually got their well deserved winner in the 89th minute, when King glided past three Forfar defenders before placing a shot from 18 yards into the corner of the net past the diving ‘keeper.

Team: Robbie, Gourlay, Young, Ross, Cairney, Mustard, Steel, Strachan, Dunn, King and C. Eaton. Subs: S. Eaton, Henderson, Ferguson, Renilson and Harrison.

A spokesperson for the club said: “This was a hard earned victory for Vics against a hard working Forfar side. They stuck to their task of trying to play football on what was a tricky surface and got their deserved rewards.

“Manager Charlie King was also pleased to see the return of injured duo Henderson and S. Eaton who have both been missing for the last two months.”

Brechin Vics welcome Lochore Welfare this Saturday (February 1). Kick-off is at 1.45 p.m.