REPORT: Brechin Vics lose out to Arbroath in Angus Derby

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Brechin Vics lost a remarkable Angus Derby 4-3 to Arbroath Vics on Saturday.

Arbroath had the better of the opening exchanges and took a deserved lead on seven minutes when Gillespie was on hand at the back post to slam the ball past Davidson from five yards.

Brechin gradually worked their way back into the game and equalised on 35 minutes when Steel was on hand at the back post to fire the ball into the net from 12 yards.

Brechin were on top now and MItchell came close two minutes later with a shot that hit the post.

A sweeping move on 44 minutes led to Brechin taking the lead.

Black saw his effort from six yards saved by the keeper, Arbroath’s defence only half cleared the ball and when it landed to Ferries 25 yards out he fired the ball into the corner of the net.

Brechin looked the more likely at the start of the second half and on 55 minutes Ferries headed a Mitchell cross just wide of the target.

Brechin then endured a poor period of the game losing two goals in a 10 minute spell.

Firstly on 62 minutes the referee controversially awarded a penalty after Ferries appeared to have made a good tackle in the box.

Jones of Arbroath stepped up and sent Davidosn the wrong way from the spot.

Penalty number two was awarded on 70 minutes when Davidson brought down the advancing Arbroath forward.

Jones again stepped up and scored with the resultant kick.

Brechin tried hard to equalise and somehow the Arbroath goal survived on 76 minutes when an almighty goal mouth scramble was eventually cleared to safety.

Arbroath scored a fourth goal on 84 minutes when Hester met a cross to head into the net from eight yards.

Brechin weren’t finished and pulled a goal back on 86 minutes when Black headed a Mitchell cross into the net.