Many positives to take from performance despite defeat

Brechin Vics started the match brightly, with McKay coming close after two minutes, but his shot from 20 yards was wide of the target.

The game then settled into a midfield battle with very little in the way of chances being created.

Vics had the majority of the possession and were controlling most of the play but found it difficult to break down a stubborn Downfield defence.

The home side’s rear guard were also on form, restricting the visitors to long range efforts that failed to trouble Robbie in the Vics’ goal. The only action Robbie had was to dive to cut out a low cross ball.

Vics’ patience paid off on 40 minutes when Strachan finished off a McKay cross shooting high into the net from 12 yards.

Half-time: Brechin Vics, 1; Downfield 0.

Downfield came out in determined fashion for the second half, and Robbie saved a shot from 18 yards.

Vics came close on 52 minutes when Steel just failed to connect with a Stephen through ball and the ‘keeper gathered.

A minute later Downfield had equalised when Scott smashed an unstoppable shot in off the post from 20 yards.

Vics were still very much in the game and Barclay came close when in on goal but was pushed wide by ‘keeper and the chance was lost.

Downfield had a great chance on 63 minutes but Bremner missed the target from six yards with the goal gaping.

They took the lead on 73 minutes when Bremner converted a penalty after Whitworth gave away a foul.

Vics were pushing for the equaliser, but were dealt a cruel blow on 88 minutes when Robbie miss hit his clearance only to find ball land at the feet of a Downfield player who slotted into the empty net.

The home side weren’t finished however, with player/manger Charlie King slotting home in injury time for eight yards out.

A spokesman for the club commented: “Vics failed to build on their deserved half time lead.

“Downfield came out with more purpose and began to ask questions of Vics. Although disappointed, there were many pluses but again they ended up pointless.”

Team: Robbie, S. Eaton, Gourlay, Whitworth, McCulloch, Ross, Stephen, Steel, McKay, Henderson and Strachan.

Subs: King, Barclay. Trialist, Dunn and Spink.

Brechin Vics are next in action this Saturday (November 23), when they travel to face Thornton Hibs.