Saturday 9th March at Farquharson Park, McBookie.com Premier League North:
Saturday saw Scone extend their winning run to 9 league wins in a row but for the 2nd week running had to dig deep to ensure there were no slip ups. On a wet & windy day, conditions were far from ideal as the game kicked off. Manager Derek Lawson made 2 changes with Andrew Mackenzie & Arran McKay both starting, perhaps with one eye on next weeks fixture with Martin Strachan unavailable. Despite the weather, Scone took the game to Arbroath Vics right from the kick off with Darren Gray & Lee Maloney both creating chances in the opening couple of minutes with goal keeper Alex Cargill being called into early action. On 13 minutes, Lee Maloney again created another chance forcing Cargill into the save as did Craig Mitchell on 23 mins. Scone continued to attack with both Arran McKay & Craig Mitchell both having further chances before the break but were unable to find the breakthrough as the visitors held on for a rare goalless 1st half.
Half time score: Scone 0-0 Arbroath Vics
As the weather improved for the 2nd half, so did Scone’s performance and the game was ultimately decided by a devastating 5 minute period which saw 3 goals for the hosts. However, before that the Vics took the lead when Arbroath broke quickly from a Scone attack and a defensive mix up saw Scone’s keeper Josh Gorton fail to clear the ball quickly enough which allowed Zac Archer to open the scoring for the visitors on 57 minutes. This had been the Vics first shot on target & seemed to give them a lift with Josh Gorton having to make a save 3 minutes later to keep the deficit from getting any greater. Scone knew they had to react quickly & on 64 mins equalised via a superbly taken free kick. When Arbroath conceded a foul on the edge of the area Kevin Sinclair (sponsored by Your Amazing Brain) stepped up to equalise. Within 3 minutes, Scone took the lead after good work from Lee Maloney who made a great run & cross to find Arran McKay (sponsored by J D Simpson) who “leapt like a salmon” to head past Cargill who was given little chance to save the ball. The pick of the bunch came 2 minutes later when Andrew Mackenzie (sponsored by A & S Properties) hit a rocket of a shot from outside of the area to score Scone’s 3rd goal of the afternoon. At this point Scone looked to see out the game with Abi Njie coming on for Lee Maloney on 73 minutes before Calum Black replaced Stephen Moon with Arran McKay dropping back to cover. What should have been a comfortable win was soured by a 2nd error which allowed Michael Fotheringham to pull a goal back for the visitors but Scone managed to finish the game with another win to ensure they continued their excellent home record.
Full time score: Scone 3-2 Arbroath Vics
Man of the match for Scone: Andrew Mackenzie (sponsored by A & S Properties) with all 3 scorers catching the eye, “Kenzie” gave a solid performance & scored the goal of the day. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News “We were made to work hard for the 3 points. I am disappointed with the goals that we lost which were very sloppy but again we showed great character to win the game“. Next up for Scone is a tough away trip to League leaders Dundee North End on Saturday 16th March with a 2:30pm kick off.
Matchday 28 summary:
League leaders Dundee North End won 2-1 away to Forfar Albion with 3rd place Luncarty drawing 2-2 with 4th placed East Craigie. Kinnoull are within 2 points of the top 3 with a 3-1 win in Blairgowrie while Dundee Violet won 7-0 at home to Coupar Angus. Scone remain 2nd with 5 games to go but with all of the top sides to play games against those around them, we are in for an exciting end to this years campaign. The updated League table is available here.