Vics setting sights on top six finish

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Arbroath Vics were without a fixture on Saturday due to there being an odd number of teams in the McBookie.com North Division.

This week sees Vics bring the curtain down on their season when they play host to Scone Thistle in the league, with a 2.30 p.m. kick-off.

A win would see Vics leapfrog Newburgh into sixth place and, depending on other games, it is a position they could finish in if results elsewhere go their way when the teams round about them complete their programme.

At present only four points separate Newburgh in sixth place and Luncarty in 10th.

Long time leaders Downfield now find themselves in fourth place, having been deducted 15 points by the East Region JFA for fielding a player who hadn’t been reinstated to the junior ranks from Montrose.

The player, Danny Cavanagh, played in the win against Vics but picked up an injury a couple of minutes into the match and hasn’t played since.

Had he played in further matches, the punishment would have been more severe as the Dundee side was deducted three points for each match he took part in.

Despite the deduction, Downfield could still win promotion by winning their two remaining fixtures and finishing runners-up.

That seems remote however as they would require Thornton Hibs to lose at least two of their three remaining fixtures.

Indeed the Fife side are now in a strong position to win the title although they are six points behind Kennoway Star Hearts who have finished their programme.

Star Hearts, however, are guaranteed to finish at least second and will be playing in the Premier League next season, but are almost certain to win the title if Thornton Hibs lose one of those remaining fixtures.

Blairgowrie with one game left, and East Craigie with two, could still gain promotion as runners-up if both Thornton Hibs and Downfield lose their remaining fixtures, but that is an extremely unlikely scenario.