Saturday saw Scone travel to Dundee where they played Arbroath HSFP AFC at the Craigie community sports Hub.
With Craig Mitchell and Garry Macke missing, manager Derek Lawson had 17 players available all of whom would make an appearance during the match.
Referee for the match was Chris McNab, almost straight from the kick off, Scone looked lively. On 5 minutes Charlie Fertacz had his first attempt on goal and this set a theme on what would prove to be a busy afternoon for the striker making his debut on his return to Scone. In fact a minute later, Kevin Sinclair had a shot on target which took a deflection off Charlie who claimed his first goal of the afternoon. Ten minutes later Scone found themselves 2-0 up when Lee Hutchison scored an own goal. Arbroath fought back and had a couple of attempts on goal themselves forcing Josh Gorton into a save on 16 minutes, however a minute later Arbroath did find the net from Zac Archer to make the score 2-1. Scone dominated for the rest of the half and on 35 minutes Charlie Fertacz scored his second of the afternoon to make it 3-1 which was the score at the break.
At half time, Scone made five changes with Fraser MacDonald, Abi Njie, David Winton, Matthew Muir and Jamie Ayton all coming on for Lewis Avolio, Ben Moffat, Josh Gorton, Sean Whitworth and Stephen Moon. With the substitutions and change of formation, it was Arbroath that scored first in the second half when an unfortunate own goal from Matthew Muir made the score 3-2 on 48 minutes. This was as close as the score would be as Scone hit back with a goal from Arran McKay on 52 minutes with an assist from Kevin Sinclair before Charlie Fertacz completed his hat trick on 54 minutes after being set up by Ross Mitchell to make the score 5-2. On 58 minutes Derek Angus playing as a trialist came on for Ross. With the match at this point looking comfortable for Scone it was now about how many Scone would score. After an hour and perhaps the extra fitness and skill coming to the fore, Scone scored three goals in a busy five minute period with Abi Njie, Jamie Ayton and Charlie Fertacz all scoring to make it 8-2. On 71 minutes, Arbroath keeper Paul Saunderson saved a penalty from Abi Njie to deny the striker his second goal of the afternoon. With 12 minutes left of the match, Charlie scored his fifth goal to cap off an impressive display before Martin Strachan scored on 80 minutes to make it 10-2. As the game drew to a close, there was just time for Arbroath to pull a goal back from Zac Archer who scored his second goal from a free kick on 86 minutes.
After the match, Derek Lawson (sponsored by Colin Ogilvie Joinery) told Jaggie news “it was good for the players to get minutes under their belt. The new players have settled in really well and there are still plenty of things for us to work on before the first game of the season”.
Next up for the Jaggies are Menziehill Rovers AFC at the same venue on Wednesday night with a 7:15 kick off.
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