Arbroath Vics 2, Lochore Welfare 2
Arbroath Vics were again at home on Saturday when they played host to Lochore Welfare in a league fixture.
On a miserable wet day, Vics got the match under way and within five minutes found themselves in front.
Owen Bryce sent the ball up to Andy Cowan whose shot broke towards Mark Fotheringham inside the box and although it was cleared away before he could get a touch, it went only as far as GARRY WARREN who side-footed it into the net from the corner of the box.
Lochore responded with Alan Paton picking out Grant Laing who turned the ball back for Kevin Goodwin to send in a shot from distance but it went well wide of the post.
At the other end, Grant Mowatt was tripped by Scott Penman wide on the left but when Bryce sent the free kick into the box, it was just too strong for Cowan to reach and the ball dropped wide of the far post.
In the 17th minute, Craig Sturrock picked up the first yellow card of the afternoon when he brought down John Ferguson inside the Lochore half.
Colin Lawson then had two chances in quick succession, the first being deflected for a corner, before he ran on to a Warren cross, but his volley cleared the bar when he might have done better.
In the 28th minute, Sturrock got on the end of a Warren corner, but his downward header at the back post bounced wide.
Warren was the next player to be yellow carded when he brought down David Byrne in the 33rd minute.
Lochore were far from out of it however, and Jack Whitton had to look lively to save at the feet of Ferguson on the penalty spot.
Just when it looked as if Vics might go in at the interval a goal to the good, Lochore equalised in the 39th minute. A sweeping move saw the ball played into the box from the right and ALAN PATON got on the end of it to net.
Worse was to follow for Vics as four minutes later, Lochore went in front. Steve Florence gave away a free kick a few yards outside the box and when the ball was delivered into the area, LEE REID got above everyone to power a header beyond the reach of Whitton.
Half-time: Arbroath Vics 1, Lochore Welfare 2.
Lee Reid was shown a quick yellow card inside the first few minutes of the second period for a late tackle on Mark Fotheringham.
The driving rain was making conditions difficult for both sides as they tried to pass the ball around on the sodden surface.
Vics made a double change in the 60th minute when Ross Kenny and Abdourahman Njie replaced Lawson and Bryce.
Within five minutes of the change, Vics were back on level terms. Kenny headed the ball into the path of Fotheringham who flicked it on for ABDOURAHMAN NJIE who sent a low drive beyond the ‘keeper from just inside the box.
Lochore replaced Robert Fyfe with Brett McGuire in an attempt to regain the lead minutes later before making another change when Scott Goodwin came on for Ferguson.
Whitton kept Vics on level terms with a great save from a Reid drive; the ‘keeper leaping to turn his netbound drive over the bar.
Goodwin and McGuire both found their names inside the referee’s book as the tide began to turn against Lochore.
A succession of corners saw a Mowatt drive deflected back over the bar while a Sturrock header was blocked on the line.
Vics finished the match camped inside the Lochore half, but they were unable to find a winner and for the second week running had to settle for a point.
Arbroath Vics: Whitton, Johnston, Sturrock, Lawson (Kenny 60), Durno, Florence, Bryce (Njie 60), Fotheringham, Mowatt, Cowan, Warren. Unused subs: McWalter and Hutcheson (gk)
Lochore Welfare: Inglis, Byrne, Penman, Fyfe (McGuire 66), Little, Laing, Goodwin, Reid, Ferguson (Goodwin 73), Devaney, Paton. Unused subs: Harrower and McCann .
Referee: Mr S. McBurney, Broughty Ferry.
Scottish Cup clash
Vics take a break from league football tomorrow (Saturday) when they entertain Beith Juniors in the second round of the Scottish Junior Cup.
Beith lead the way in the West Region’s Super League Premier Division having gone undefeated in their eight matches so far.
The Ayrshire club have two players who were previously on the books of Arbroath in midfielder David McGowan and striker Daniel McKay. Further players to have worn the colours of senior teams at the highest level are striker Andy Reid (Blackburn Rovers) and winger Joe Bradley (Celtic).
The kick-off is at the earlier than usual time of 1.30 p.m.
Winners this week were: £10 – No. 6, C. Lawson; £5 – No. 58, A. Forbes.
McBookie.com East North League
P W D L F A Pts
Luncarty 9 8 0 1 41 10 24
Star Hearts 10 6 1 3 42 19 19
Newburgh 10 5 4 1 34 18 19
Arbroath Vics 10 5 3 2 26 18 18
Dundee NE 9 5 3 1 21 13 18
Forfar WE 9 5 2 2 28 18 17
Lochore 10 5 2 3 23 20 17
Downfield 9 4 4 1 25 13 16
Blairgowrie 9 4 1 4 23 18 13
East Craigie 8 3 1 4 18 14 10
Scone Thistle 9 2 2 5 18 25 8
Brechin Vics 9 2 2 5 9 18 8
Lochee Harp 10 2 2 6 16 26 8
Thornton 9 2 1 6 19 28 7
Forfar Albion 9 2 0 7 14 40 6
Coupar A’gus 9 0 0 9 7 66 0