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Brechin Vics 3 East Craigie 1

BRECHIN Vics were at home for the second week running and produced a much-improved performance against the “Shipbuilders” East Craigie.

Vics started the match brightly, taking the game to East Craigie.

It took only four minutes for Vics to take the lead. McNaught was played clear down the left and, when his cut-back was cleared back to him, he smashed the ball passed the diving keeper to score from eight yards.

The home side’s inability to hold on to a lead almost resurfaced but Robbie made a great diving save to turn the ball round the post for a corner.

East Craigie’s equaliser came in 11 minutes when D. Ross was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box and a penalty kick was awarded.

Robbie was sent the wrong was from the resultant spot kick.

The game was an even contest for the remainder of the half, with the best effort coming from Vics’ Archibald who saw his free-kick on 30 minutes saved by the keeper.

Vics again started brightly in the second half and came close on 51 minutes when Moffat’s shot went narrowly wide.

Vics were dominating the half but keeper Robbie had to look lively on two occasions to race from his line and clear the danger.

The first occasion saw him kicking clear a through ball, the second diving bravely at the feet of the Craigie striker.

Vics’ pressure paid off in 62 minutes when McNaught again was on the score-sheet, this time heading home from six yards after a great Archibald free-kick was played into the box.

Vics extended their lead a minute later with a great goal.

McNaught combined with D. Ross, whose cut-back was back-heeled into the net from four yards by Fyfe.

Vics were still having the best of the play for the remainder of the match, with Moffat having another effort, this time producing a good save from the Craigie keeper.

In the closing minutes Robbie again produced the necessary when he tipped a header over the crossbar.

Brechin Vics - Robbie, Crowe, Young, P. Ross, Low, Moffat, Fullarton, Archibald, McNaught, D. Ross and Trialist; subs - Fyfe, Russell, Easton, Black, S. Eaton and Skelly

A Vics spokesman said: “This was a much better performance with Vics thoroughly deserving their victory.”

There is another tough game this week when Vics travel to meet Forfar Albion (kick-off 2.30 pm).