Vics finally back in action but no joy against Scone

Scone Thistle 1

Arbroath Vics 0

Having been without a game since January 10, the weather eventually relented to allow Arbroath Vics league match away to Scone Thistle to go ahead at the fifth time of asking on Saturday.

Included in the starting line-up was former striker Grant Mowatt, loaned back out by Broughty Athletic, while another loan player, defender Paul Weir from Forfar West End, was on the bench.

Scone were first to settle and when Derek Keir played a throw-in from near the corner flag to Ross Mitchell, the striker took the ball along the by-line, but over-hit his cross and it flew out for a throw at the far side of the pitch.

At the other end, Jamie Thomson broke clear of the home defence but was pulled back before he could get a shot away resulting in a free kick. Matty Johnston’s shot cannoned back off the wall and came out as far as Craig Sturrock who drilled a left-footed effort back in, but goalkeeper Matthew Curtis was alive to the situation and got down to smother it inside the six-yard box.

Soon after, a dangerous cross from Ross Mitchell was plucked out of the air by Alex Cargill as Richard Doig came charging into the box to get on the end of it.

Scone had made the better start and their early endeavour was rewarded with a goal in 14 minutes. Keith Dewar picked up the ball on the right hand side of midfield and helped it on to Richard Doig who in turn played it forward for Sean Fergus. The number eight slipped it into the path of ROSS MITCHELL who took one touch before drilling a low shot beyond Cargill from 22 yards.

Kane Hester had an immediate chance to haul Vics level when Mowatt headed on a Dale Riddell through ball, but after checking inside his shot was partially blocked and ran through to the ‘keeper.

In the 30th minute, Curtis punted a long clearance up the left from outside his area, which sent Fergus away and his cross into the box picked out Mitchell, whose shot was deflected behind for a corner.

Johnston became the first to see a yellow card when he upended Graham Michie, having been spoken to only moments earlier.

Vics might have got back on level terms in the 35th minute when Hester broke clear of the Scone defence, but Curtis managed to beat away his shot and the ball broke back off the inrushing Colin Lawson and rebounded back into his arms.

Half-time: Scone Thistle 1, Arbroath Vics 0.

Vics made a change at the start of the second half when Weir came on for Sturrock.

The substitute made an immediate impact, forcing a corner, but when Mowatt’s flag kick was cleared it set up a counter attack by the home side, which only ended when Steve Florence tripped Mitchell a few yards outside the box. Scone failed to make anything of the free kick however; Dewar failing to get the ball beyond Vics’ defensive wall.

Vics made their second change of the afternoon in the 72nd minute when Scott Donald replaced Matthew Swan.

Scone came close to grabbing a second goal a minute later when Fergus nodded a Keir free kick down inside the box for Doig, who just failed to reach it and Cargill was forced to dive and save at the feet of Mitchell as the ball ran into his path.

Donald carried the ball deep into the Scone half before driving in a shot, which the ‘keeper got his fingertips to, which was enough to deflect it over the bar.

Dewar found his name in the referee’s book in the 79th minute for clattering into Lawson before Donald had another go with a drive, but again it was straight into the body of Curtis.

Florence became the second Vics’ player to be yellow carded before Josh Chalmers was sent on for Hester in the 84th minute.

Vics had one last chance to grab a point a couple of minutes from the end when Chalmers raced away up the right and played in Mowatt, but although his angled drive beat the ‘keeper it rolled wide of the far post.

Scone managed to see out the remaining few minutes plus stoppage time to hold on to the three points.

Vics paid the penalty for a poor first half display and although they improved after the break, Scone did enough to win the points despite their only being one goal in it.

Arbroath Vics: Cargill, Johnston, Sturrock, Florence, Riddell, Sturrock (Weir 46), Swan ( Donald 72), Thomson, Hester (Chalmers 84), Mowatt, Lawson. Unused subs: MacGregor and Warren.

Referee: Mr M. Gill (East Wemyss).

Tomorrow’s match

Vics are at home tomorrow (Saturday) when Forfar Albion are the visitors to Ogilvy Park in the league. Kick-off is at 2.15 p.m.

150 Club

Winners this week were: £20 – No. 1, Derek Martin; £10 – No. 16, Dale Riddell; £5 – No. 55, Steve Florence. East North League

P W D L F A Pts

Blairgowrie 17 11 3 3 44 22 36

Downfield 13 11 1 1 38 11 34

East Craigie 15 9 3 3 48 23 30

Brechin Vics 15 10 0 5 44 28 30

Star Hearts 17 8 5 4 60 38 29

Newburgh 15 8 2 5 36 27 26

Thornton 14 7 4 3 51 26 25

Scone Thistle 16 7 1 8 34 37 22

Lochee Harp 15 7 0 8 36 28 21

Luncarty 16 6 3 7 35 33 21

Arbroath Vics 15 4 4 7 25 35 16

Kirkcaldy YM 15 4 2 9 33 51 14

Kirrie Thistle 17 3 4 10 20 44 13

Lochore Wel 16 3 2 11 26 60 11

Forfar Albion 16 1 0 15 16 83 3