Lochore Welfare 2, Arbroath Vics 4.
Arbroath Vics made the trip into Fife on Saturday to meet Lochore Welfare in a McBookie.com North Division fixture.
Kane Hester returned to the team following a two-match ban replacing Craig Watson, who was unavailable. Colin Lawson dropped down to the bench, allowing David McLeish to switch to right-back, with Mark Fotheringham coming back into midfield and Garry Warren being promoted from the bench.
Lochore had fomer Arbroath striker Craig Reynolds in their starting line-up.
Vics made a bright start and when Scott Goodwin failed to deal with a Matty Johnston cross in the first minute, the ball fell at the feet of Garry Warren and his shot brought out a good save from keeper Gary Inglis who dived to block it on the line.
A couple of minutes later, a Garry Warren free-kick was allowed to drift across to the far side of the box where Scott Donald fired a shot back across the area and just wide of the opposite post.
Vics kept pushing forward and were rewarded with the opening goal in the 12th minute. David McLeish sent the ball upfield to KANE HESTER and the striker brought it down out of the air before entering the box and shooting beyond the advancing keeper.
Six minutes later, Vics scored again. CRAIG STURROCK won the ball inside his own half before laying it off to Kane Hester then continuing his run to take the return before advancing into the box and drilling a low shot beyond Gary Inglis at the near post.
The scoring continued with Vics racing into a 3-0 lead in the 21st minute. Scott Donald brought the ball under control midway inside the Lochore half before playing it on to Jamie Thomson. He in turn squared it into the path of MARK FOTHERINGHAM who ran on to pick his spot beyond the exposed keeper.
Dale Riddell was next to have a go with an acrobatic effort from around the penalty spot, which eventually went well wide after Craig Sturrock had nodded a Garry Warren corner down inside the Lochore box.
It was 25 minutes before Lochore made their first telling contribution when Greig Renton played a corner back to Bryan Donnelly and his cross picked out Craig Reynolds; the former Arbroath player sending an overhead kick just over the bar.
A couple of minutes later, Greig Renton sent Bryan Donnelly away and Alex Cargill was forced into his first save of the match, diving low to his right to turn his shot around the post. From the flag-kick, Graeme Moore got his head to the cross and his effort clipped the top of the bar on its way over.
Despite that, Vics could have added a fourth soon after when Jamie Thomson sent Kane Hester clear of the Lochore defence, but he elected to shoot first time instead of taking it round the keeper, who blocked his shot.
Vics had a let-off in the 31st minute when they struggled to deal with a Bryan Donnelly corner, and in the ensuing scramble, Craig Reynolds appeared to be upended in the box, but the referee waved away the Lochore appeals.
Play was soon back at the other end with Garry Warren playing Kane Hester in down the left and when he cut into the box, his first attempt was blocked by the keeper, with his second from a tight angle being cleared away by a defender at the post.
Lochore grabbed a goal back in the 36th minute. Vics were caught out when Lee Celentano spun and played a pass through the defence, which BRYAN DONNELLY latched onto and he ran from the half-way line to take the ball round Alex Cargill before keeping his composure to shoot beyond Steve Florence on the line.
Mark Fotheringham was next to have a go for Vics when he was left one on one with Gary Inglis, but the keeper threw up his hands to flap his shot away.
With five minutes of the half remaining, Vics were awarded a free-kick just outside the box when Scott Goodwin tripped Garry Warren, but when the ball was touched back to Matty Johnston his shot went high over the bar.
Half-time: Lochore Welfare 1, Arbroath Vics 3.
Vics made the best possible start to the second-half by extending their lead to 4-1 within a couple of minutes. Mark Fotheringham sent the ball up the inside-right channel where KANE HESTER got beyond Graeme Moore to shoot under the body of the advancing keeper.
The home side had a sight of goal when they were awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal, but Scott Renton’s low drive was blocked away by Steve Florence.
At the other end, Jamie Thomson sent the ball out wide to Garry Warren on the left and his cross on the run just eluded Scott Donald who had advanced into the box and flew behind for a goal-kick.
A mistake from Craig Sturrock might have proved costly when he lost possession to Greig Renton, but his shot from distance was wide of the target.
A couple of minutes layer, Lochore carved out another chance when Greig Renton clipped a cross to the far post, but Graeme Moore ballooned it high and wide from the corner of the six-yard box.
Tomas Sibbald was shown the first yellow card of the afternoon when he tripped Kane Hester in full flight, before Vics replaced David McLeish with Keiran MacGregor.
Vics still looked the more likely to score and only the woodwork denied them a fifth in the 72nd minute; Matty Johnston’s shot being deflected onto the post inside a crowded Lochore box.
Lochore made a couple of changes within a minute when Bryan Donnelly made way for Aaron Mackie before Tomas Sibbald was replaced by Kris Shankland.
Vics too made changes; Matty Johnston and Scott Donald being replaced by Colin Lawson and David Sturrock in the 75th minute.
The home side grabbed a lifeline when they scored a second goal in the 85th minute. Dale Burt sent a throw-in into Scott Goodwin whose shot forced Alex Cargill to dive across his line to push it out, but CRAIG REYNOLDS followed up to turn the rebound in off the underside of the bar.
The goal seemed to give Lochore a new lease of life and Scott Goodwin should have done better than shoot straight at Alex Cargill when he had been played through by Lee Celentano.
Lochore came even closer in the 90th minute when a Graeme Moore cross caused confusion inside Vics area and Lee Celentano fired off a close range shot, which Alex Cargill saved brilliantly with his legs on the line.
That proved to be the last scoring opportunity of the afternoon, but before the close, Scott Goodwin was booked for sending Colin Lawson crashing on the touchline.
Vics played some good football during the course of the afternoon and might have been more than 3-1 ahead at half-time.
The fourth goal soon after the re-start all but won the points, and although Lochore had a bit more possession in the second period, it was only late in the game when they brought the score back to 4-2 that Vics had much to worry about, but they saw out the remaining minutes without further damage.
Lochore Welfare: 1 Gary Inglis 2 Scott Goodwin 3 Tomas Sibbald (sub 14 Kris Shankland 73 mins) 4 Graeme Moore 5 Dale Burt 6 Greig Renton 7 Scott Renton 8 Craig McGuire 9 Lee Celentano 10 Craig Reynolds 11 Bryan Donnelly (sub 12 Aaron Mackie.
Arbroath Vics: 1 Alex Cargill 2 David McLeish (sub 12 Kieran MacGregor 62 mins) 3 Craig Sturrock 4 Dale Riddell 5 Steve Florence 6 Matty Johnston (sub 14 Colin Lawson 75 mins) 7 Mark Fotheringham 8 Jamie Thomson 9 Scott Donald (sub 15 David Sturrock 75 mins) 10 Kane Hester 11 Garry Warren.
Referee: Mr. D. Graves (Portobello).
Yellow cards: Lochore: Tomas Sibbald, Scott Goodwin. Vics: None. Red cards: None.
This Saturday, Vics are away to Kinnoull in the second round of the Scottish Junior Cup in Perth. Kick-off is at 2.30 p.m. and players should meet at Ogilvy Park at 12 noon.
Arbroath Vics have appointed Derek Lawson as their new manager following the retirement of long standing boss Jake Ferrier.
Jake ended an eight year stint in charge of the side prior to Saturday’s 4-2 win over Lochore Welfare.
Former Vics player Lawson, who has been No.2 to Jake since leaving Forfar Albion last year, has made the step up in time to take the team for the Scottish Junior Cup clash with Kinnoull.
Vics are disappointed to lose Jake as manager, as his spell in charge has seen the club finish in the top six each season, apart from the last, as well as reaching the semi-final of the GA Cup and twice in the DJ Laing League Cup.
All at the club would like to thank him for his time at Ogilvy Park although he has intimated that he will still have a connection with the club in some capacity.
Winners this week were:
£20 - No 98 Fraser Yule
£10 – No 12 Matty Johnston
£5 – No 43 Scott Donald
P W D L F A Pt
Downfield 8 7 0 1 23 7 21
Blairgowrie 9 6 1 1 23 11 19
Brechin Vics 9 6 0 3 31 19 18
Thornton Hibs 8 5 2 1 30 16 17
Luncarty 9 5 1 3 23 15 16
Scone Thistle 10 5 1 4 22 19 16
Newburgh 10 5 1 4 19 18 16
Ken Star Hearts 9 4 2 3 28 22 14
East Craigie 9 4 2 3 24 18 14
Arbroath Vics 9 3 2 4 17 21 11
Kirrie Thistle 10 2 4 4 17 23 10
Kirkcaldy YM 8 2 1 5 14 28 7
Lochee Harp 8 2 0 6 13 17 6
Lochore Welfare 10 1 1 8 15 40 4
Forfar Albion 9 1 0 8 12 37 3