A dire game of football ended goalless at Gayfield as Arbroath met Montrose in one of the most insipid derbies of recent times.
Good chances were at a premium as both sides failed to exert their dominance on the fixture in the season’s penultimate game.
The Lichties had the first chance inside five minutes, skipper Mark Whatley forcing Jordan Millar into a tidy save low to his right after receiving a cleared free kick.
Kane Hester’s movement was bothering the Montrose defence and the young striker should have done better with his 10th minute header, rising highest to meet Whatley’s whipped cross from deep only to see Millar save comfortably.
A stunning Bobby Linn run ended with David Gold seeing his shot blocked out by a solid defence.
The game was a typical dogged derby with the lion’s share of the action taking place in midfield with the ball in the air, but it was the hosts who were getting forward with more venom about their play.
Darren Ramsay had a superb chance to open the scoring when he thundered onto a loose ball, nodding it into his path in the box but he pulled a fierce strike wide of Millar’s goal.
Hester went close after the break before Greg Pascazio headed a corner well over the bar.
Ramsay then found Linn with a gorgeous pass but the Player of the Year nominee’s shot was crowded out.