Arbroath v Forfar: 3-3

Bobby Linn presses the advantage against Forfar on Saturday.
Bobby Linn presses the advantage against Forfar on Saturday.

A high-scoring draw was the outcome for Arbroath friendly against Forfar at Gayfield on Saturday.

But despite not losing, the new Arbroath boss Allan Moore is hoping these goalfests will become a thing of the past.

He said: “I know we’ve said it before that this team can score goals, but we’ve conceded three again which is disappointing.

“We know they can put the ball in the back of the net at one end but myself and Todd Lumsden’s job is to try and drum it into their heads to stop it going into our net.”

It was Forfar who opened the scoring with Dale Hilson who evading the net just 20 minutes in to put one past Scott Morrison.

It took the Lichties a good 10 minutes to return fire convincingly, but some good passing play and a little ingenuity put Forfar onto the back foot.

On the 33rd minute Bobby Linn barged down the centre to equalise and then five minutes after that pulled the Maroons ahead with a lightning strike from far outside the box.

Omar Kader took advantage of the celebrations and slipped through an inattentive Arbroath to level the score.

In the second half Paul McManus was able to make up for a slew of missed chances and a solid punt down the line gave the hosts the advantage.

With the clock ticking and victory imminent a melee in the Arbroath box saw the ball ricochet of an arm and into the net with Chris Templeman taking the credit for bringing Forfar equal.

Despite both sides making good use of their subs and a number of trialists neither side was able to break the deadlock and the friendly ended a draw.

You can read the manager’s comments in Friday’s Arbroath Herald and read an exclusive interview with Allan Moore in our special pullout football supplement.