Improved performance by Vics despite defeat at home

Steven Barclay escapes the challenge from his marker.

Steven Barclay escapes the challenge from his marker.

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Brechin Vics 0

Arbroath Vics 1

Brechin Vics’ manager, Charlie King, made two changes to the side who faced Thornton Hibs – with Barclay and E. Cairney replacing Dunn and trialist.

Arbroath were first to threaten in the first minute, and ‘keeper Robbie saved well from a 25 yard shot.

Brechin were next to have an attempt in a frantic opening period when Strachan shot just wide, also from 25 yards out.

The tempo began to settle, and it was the home side who had the next attempt when a Buggins shot from the wide area was saved by the ‘keeper.

Buggins again had an attempt on 15 minutes, but his header after an excellent passing move was saved by the ‘keeper.

Arbroath had their fair share of possession, and had a succession of corner kicks but the home side’s rear guard held firm and defended well.

Brechin had the final attempt of the half when Strachan shot wide from 20 yards.

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

Arbroath took the lead four minutes into the second half when Watson although looked in an offside position was allowed to stride in on goal and slip the ball past the diving Robbie.

The game in the second half was seeing some excellent passing play by both sides, but predominantly Brechin.

However, chances on goal were at a premium as a combination of poor final ball and good defensive play restricted attempts.

They had a penalty claim turned down on 70 minutes when Barclay was bundled to the ground in the box, but the referee waved away his appeals.

They also had a great chance in the last minute when Buggins did well to beat three defenders before squaring to Steel, whose attempt went narrowly past the post with the keeper beaten.

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

A spokesperson for the club said: “This was a much improved Vics performance from Saturday with some excellent passing play.

“Lack of the final ball and the lack of a real goal threat let them down in the end, but much encouragement can still be taken from this performance.”