Much improved Vics deserved a bit more

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Brechin Vics included new signing Sean Mustard in their starting line up for Saturday’s match against Blairgowrie.

They started well having the bulk of the possession but it was Blairgowrie who created the first chance when on six minutes Robbie saved before C. Eaton completed the clearance.

On 11 minutes they almost scored when Stephen came close with a header and then King had a shot from 18 yards saved.

Another good piece of play from Brechin created a chance but the danger was cleared.

Vics’ pressure paid off on 21 minutes when a McKay header found Strachan and he smashed an unstoppable shot past the Blairgowrie ‘keeper from 10 yards.

The game erupted on 26 minutes when Pirie of Blairgowrie was sent off after kicking out at McKay.

Two minutes later the referee was again involved, this time having cause to send off McKay after he had a high tackle on Brash which was deemed to be dangerous play.

Another good piece of play involving King and C. Eaton presented Strachan with a chance but his effort was saved.

Steel was next to try his luck but again his shot was saved.

Blair were always dangerous and should have equalised on 40 minutes but the striker pulled his shot wide with only Robbie to beat.

Half time: Blairgowrie 0; Brechin Vics 1.

Vics almost increased their lead within two minutes of the restart but C. Eaton’s shot from a Stephen cross was just wide of the target.

Blair were looking dangerous and on 55 minutes - Robbie was required to save instinctively from six yards - and they equalised on 62 minutes when an Axworthy shot from 18 yards went in off the post with Robbie beaten.

Vics continued to have their share of the game and C. Eaton saw a shot from 25 yards deflected for a corner.

Disaster struck Vics on 68 minutes when Ross scored an own goal as he attempted to cut out a dangerous cross.

King had a lung busting 40 yard run but was crudely brought down just outside the box.

King’s free kick was saved by the keeper.

Robbie was brought into action when he produced a great save from a shot from 22 yards.

Vics had a great chance to equalise on 88 minutes when Stephen was played in on goal but the keeper dived bravely at his feet to thwart the danger.

Full time Blairgowrie 2; Brechin Vics 1.

Team: Robbie, Stephen, Gourlay, Ross, Whitworth, Steel, Strachan, Mustard, McKay, King, C. Eaton. Subs - Renilson, Cairney, S Eaton, Spink (gk)

A spokesperson for the club said: “A much improved performance by Vics who at least deserved a share of the points. Another hard week of training is in order as Vics attempt to kick start their season.

Vics are at home on Saturday (December 7), when Coupar Angus are the visitors. kick off is at 1.45 p.m.