Friendly success for Vics

Newburgh 1, Arbroath Vics 5

DESPITE their season having finished the previous week, Arbroath Vics had already committed themselves to playing a friendly away to Newburgh in Fife on Saturday.

The Fife side was sitting fourth top of their league and things looked ominous for Vics when they travelled over the Tay Bridge with only 11 players and no substitutes.

Indeed, Vics got off to the worst possible start by conceding a penalty within 90 seconds, which GREIG ALLAN converted.

From there on in however, Vics dominated proceedings, playing some of their best football of the season and they eventually got back on level terms in the 25th minute when MARK FOTHERINGHAM headed in a free kick.

With 41 minutes played, DAVID McLEISH fired Vics in front with a low shot just inside the post from 16 yards and they led 2-1 at half-time.

Newburgh made a host of substitutions at the interval, but Vics went further in front within a couple of minutes of the restart when GARRY WARREN netted from the penalty spot.

CRAIG STURROCK then got his name on the scoresheet heading in a corner in the 67th minute, before STEPHEN completed the scoring three minutes later, sidefooting home from around 10 yards following a flowing move, which carved open the Newburgh defence.

Violet win league

Although there are a handful of games still to be played, Dundee Violet won the title on Saturday by beating Montrose Roselea 2-1 at Broomfield Park. The Dundee side was almost guaranteed to win the championship even if they had lost, but defeat cost Montrose Roselea second spot as Dundee North End’s win over Blairgowrie saw them slip down to third, being overtaken by the Dokens.

Vics currently sit in fourth place but could slip down to sixth depending on how other results go. Both Kirrie Thistle and East Craigie could overtake them, although they play each other this coming Saturday, which, depending on the outcome, could determine Vics final league placing.


Arbroath Artisan Ladies’ Section

Tom Pullar Retirement Trophy, Saturday, April 7, CSS: R/O – 1, A. Dawson (12) 76; 2, M. Clarke (17) 78, bih; 3, W. Edwards (10) 78.