United gear up for derby clash

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ARBROATH United were frustrated again last weekend by poor weather riding roughshod over their plans.

The match against Carlton was called off shortly after Arbroath came out to bat, and they were only able to score 88 for five before officials declared it a ‘no decision’.

Captain Fraser Burnett said: “We never got finished on Saturday. We got started, but we were rained off, so no result.

“Well we batted first and we got 88 for 5 which meant we were not doing that great.”

There were some positives to be had from the short innings, and Fraser singled out the work of Sri Lankan professional Harsha Vithana and Lochlands stalwart Mark Edwards.

He commented: “Harsha our professional and Mark Edwards started up a partnership towards the end, and I think they would have got us out of trouble if we’d needed it.”

With both united and Carlton gaining no points, the top of the league table remains unchanged.

Fraser said: “So at the moment that means we’re still in second place, just behind Carlton on percentages.”

The next fixture sees Arbroath United face off against local rivals Forfarshire, with Fraser hoping for an opportunity for Arbroath to advance.

He said: “We are definitely looking forward to the game against Forfarshire on Saturday. They’re third, just behind us in the table.

“We could move up to first place if we win, it just depends on the Carlton result.”

This weekend Carlton have been seriously weakened by call-ups to face Leicestershire and Hampshire, and Fraser hopes this may give his team an edge in the rankings.

He said: “They’re missing a lot of players this weekend because of Scotland commitments so we’ll have to wait and see.

“Hopefully Carlton will slip up and we can take first place.

Regardless, United will just be pleased to get out and play a full match, weather permitting.

He added: “We’re definitely looking forward to playing this weekend. We’ve been frustrated this last weekend not being able to play. You always get a good game against Forfarshire, it’s a bit of a local derby. I’m confident about this and it should be a good game.”