Juniors must wait until January for on-pitch action

Arbroath Vics were due to meet Dundee North End away in a league fixture on Saturday, but the match was called off at 10am due to a waterlogged pitch.

With no matches scheduled during the festive period, Vics will have to wait until the New Year for their next match, which is due to take place on Saturday, January 9.

Having completed half of their league fixtures, the table doesn’t make good reading for Vics as they sit in 12th place with only 13 points from the 14 matches they have
played.

The season got off to the worst possible start when they opened the campaign away to Lochore Welfare and returned from Fife on the wrong end of a 4­-0 scoreline.

Things took a turn for the better in their first home league fixture when they were again pitted against Fife opposition in the shape of Newburgh and posted a 2­1 win to earn their first three points of the season.

Vics’ next two league fixtures, both away from home, saw them suffer heavy defeats, 6­-0 at Downfield and 3-­0 at Kirrie Thistle to end a miserable first month of the campaign.

The first match in September saw Vics pitted against Lochgelly Albert in the East of Scotland Cup, and given what had gone before, Vics must have feared the worst despite having home advantage, but it was a much better performance and the Fife side just sneaked through
by 2­-1.

Despite that, Vics again failed miserably in the league, with their next two home matches seeing them soundly beaten by Dundee North End, 6-­1 and Scone Thistle 4­-1.

The last match in September saw them away to Carnoustie Panmure in the GA Cup and they again played well, holding the Super League side to a 1-­1 draw, only to lose the tie on penalties.

October also started badly with a 3­-0 loss away to Glenrothes before they squared up to Blairgowrie in a league fixture at Ogilvy Park only to lose 3-­2 to an injury time goal against the league
leaders.

A second win was eventually got, away to East Craigie, when they romped to a 4­-0 win it what was arguably their best display of the season.

A break for the Scottish Junior Cup saw Vics paired with Fife opposition and again they ran a side from above them close, only losing out 3­2. October ended with a win in the league, seeing off bottom side Forfar Albion
by 2-­1.

A two week break enforced by the weather didn’t help as Vics were well beaten at home by Lochore Welfare, 5­-2, in the league before a creditable 2­-2 draw away to Brechin Vics the following week helped restore some pride.

The first match in December was Vics poorest of the season and they slumped to a 5­0 defeat at home to Kinnoull, which led to manager Derek Lawson resigning.

The following week, Vics were much improved and bagged three points in a 2-­1 win over Coupar Angus, which turned out to be their last match of 2015.

Vics will start the New Year with a new management team, which they hope to announce before the fixtures resume in January as they try to move away from the bottom reaches of the McBookie.com North Division.