It didn’t take Clyde long to show why they have been so lethal with a well worked move down the Arbroath left hand wing direct from kick off.
A dangerous ball was played into the Arbroath box with Wilson doing well to block Scott McLaughlin’s shot in the opening 30 seconds.
David Marsh earned his side after a corner after Arbroath were caught in possession and this resulted in the home side’s best chance of the half. A Mitchell corner found Mark McLaughlin who headed back into the six-yard box where both Ferguson and Smith attacked the same ball but colliding into one another and hitting the ball over the bar.
Arbroath’s best effort came from a long clearance up the field by Fleming which was met by Reid whose flick found Rutherford in space. The striker took a neat touch before running at goal, but his attempted chip was palmed away by Gibson for a corner kick.
In the 68th minute Linton escaped down the wing and was able to send a wicked cross into the Arbroath box. Substitute Higgins went to head the ball, but missed with the ball falling on the boot of Marsh who had instinctively swung for the ball but could do no more as he watched his effort strike Fleming’s right hand post.
Arbroath introduced Kane Hester and trialist Andy Ryan in the 81st minute with the game still at a stalemate.
A minute later and Arbroath took the lead. A pass out of defence by Watson found Ramsay who turned and ran at goal. He found Ryan who came back inside and shot from 30 yards, but his shot ricocheted first of Marsh, then Durie, before HESTER robbed Mitchell on the edge of the box. The young Arbroath striker dribbled into the box before displaying great composure to slot high into the right hand roof of the net and in turn scoring his first competitive league goal.
It was to get better for the Lichties as Clyde launched the ball up field directly after the restarted kick-off but a headed clearance by Little found Reid who in turn found Hester on the wing. Hester played a neat ball to RYAN who took a few touches before smashing a 30 yard curling screamer into the top left hand corner to secure Arbroath’s win.
It was a good week for the Lichties. A determined display, a clean sheet and three points against the form team of the week is priceless as they take on East Stirlingshire and Montrose over the festive period.