Lichties slip to third despite dramatic comeback against Elgin City

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The anguish continued at Gayfield today following a frenzied claw-back from a three goal deficit.

Arbroath saved themselves from the embarrassment of another loss by fighting back to match all three of Elgin City’s goals but it did little to placate fans frustration as they dropped to third place in the league.

The game’s pace was set at high from the get go and Arbroath were well matched by Elgin’s strength.

Despite a flurry of opportunities early in the first half, Arbroath failed to convert leaving Elgin’s Shane Sutherland to start the scoring in the 39th minute.

Manager Allan Moore brought on Dylan Carreiro to add some fire to the front. He showed his worth with a shot a minute later which just missed scraping by the left post.

Elgin were not to be dampened and Sutherland doubled the lead with a solid strike in the right hand corner.

No sooner had Sutherland left the pitch following an injury than Brian Cameron sneaked a third ball into the back of the Lichties goal.

Arbroath finally showed attacking prowess as Paul McManus drove home a header ably assisted by Bobby Linn to put them on the scoreboard.

Any hope of further recovery however seemed long gone but the Lichties showed a glimmer of their former glory scoring a further two goals (Ricky Little 82, Linn, 88) in 22 minutes but not enough to appease Moore.

McManus slammed a potential fourth ball past ‘keeper Stewart Black but the linesman’s flag went up for offside to quash jubilations from the stand.

A furious gaffer cursed his team’s slapdash performance. He said to the Arbroath Herald: “We can’t expect a pat on the back because we came back from 3 - 0 down.

“We’re now third in the league. We had a chance to get back on top and we didn’t take it.

“We need to have a look at ourselves individually and collectively. It is simply not acceptable.”

A chance to make that comeback is still open to the team who face East Stirling on Wednesday in the rescheduled fixture. Kick-off is at 7.45 p.m.