Match report: Arbroath vs Albion Rovers

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Albion Rovers put paid to any Lichties’ fans hopes that Arbroath were back to their winning ways at the re-scheduled fixture at Gayfield on Wednesday.

Only four minutes into the match Albion scooped an early goal as Ally Love lobbed an opportunistic ball over ‘keeper Marc McCallum to put the homeside immediately on the back foot.

“It could have been a different story if we had got the first goal,” Arbroath manager, Allan Moore lamented.

Arbroath battered on, but Albion’s robust defence proved punishing and Moore’s men failed to find a chink in their impenetrable armour.

Bobby Linn responded to Love’s goal feeding a quick cross to Liam Rowan, whose gallant effort sailed over the top bar.

A determined attack from Scott McBride put pressure on the wing but no amount of trying could turn his attempts into points.

Bobby Linn and Simon Murray also chased hard, trying to press into a good attacking position but could not find the space as Albion Rovers centre halves rallied to quash every attempt.

The home side struggled to maintain possession as the Wee Rovers clung stubbornly and effectively to their mark.

Arbroath’s old nemesis reared its ugly head and Moore was yet again frustrated by their defensive deficiencies.

“People need to take responsibility in the box. In the second half they didn’t even have it in our box, then they get one shot on target and take the goal.

The final blow came in the 65th minute when Gary Fisher fired a low ball into the far corner taking Albion Rovers to 2-0 and knocking the last remnants of strength from the home side.

Try as they may, the effects of an evening match, countless fruitless attacks and a two goal deficit took its toll and no amount of tactics could bolster their efforts.

Albion Rovers are now eight points clear of Arbroath FC at the top of League 2.