REPORT: Lichties finish pre-season with a thrashing by Raith Rovers

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Dick Campbell refuses to read anything into the results of pre-season friendlies.

Years of experience have taught him that to do anything else is folly.

However the Arbroath manager revealed he learned a few lessons from his side’s 4-0 loss to Raith Rovers on Saturday.

The Lichties were second best for the full game and Campbell knows there’s plenty of work to be done.

He said: “I’ve never looked into a result in a pre-season game. It’s a great exercise for me because I’ve learned a few things.

“The goals were soft from our perspective. Raith were excellent in everything they did and we were a clear second. We’ll need to go and lick our wounds because we’ve taken a bit of doing.”

Kevin McHattie tested the Arbroath defence with an early cross but his whipped ball in was nodded clear by trialist Gary Phillips.

Steven Doris and Bryan Prunty showed some early signs of a promising partnership up front and a neat exchange between the two almost saw Doris in on goal.

The same pair combined minutes later but Raith’s defence held firm to clear the danger.

Rovers’ trialist striker fired wide of the goal before Vaughan and Ross Callaghan also missed the target.

Vaughan then opened the scoring on 33 minutes, firing under Robbie Mutch after receiving Callaghan’s through ball.

McHattie added a second soon after, curling a free kick inside the post after Bobby Barr was fouled by Omar Kader 20 yards from goal.

Trialist goalie Ricky Gomes came on for the hosts at half-time and he was beaten after just two minutes, with Raith’s trialist striker wearing number 18 putting the finish to a lovely team move.

Both sides used all of their substitutes as the second half lacked the tenacity of the first, but Rovers were able to add a deserved fourth when trialist Andreas Thorresen fired low under the goalie following a terrific Raith attack.