Saturday 3rd November at Farquharson Park:
Saturday saw Scone host their first League game of the season with Brechin Vics the visitors in the McBookie.com Premier League North. Once again we would like to thank the Community Club & all of the local tradesman & volunteers who have worked so hard over the summer to upgrade the facilities. We were also able to welcome visitors for one of our hospitality days including a group from Blackadders who we thank for their continued support. As always it is great to welcome back ex players to see how the team is evolving and on this display they would’ve all gone home happy. Scone completed the double over the Vic’s last season (the mornings preview corrected) and only another win would keep Scone in touch with the early League leaders however Scone were once again clinical & ruthless in the execution of thIs result. Manager Derek Lawson rotated some of his squad as he looked to give everyone some game time. Calum Kinnear came back into the starting line up and Darren Gray started alongside Ross Mitchell as young Aaron Carlon was rested along with Kevin Sinclair who although fit is just returning from injury. Scone started brightly and forced a number of set pieces in the early exchanges from one of which the opening goal came. Brechin Vics conceded a free kick and on 10 minutes Stephen Moon (sponsored by Mark Berwick Motors) popped up at the back post to slot the ball into the roof of the net to give the hosts the lead. Before the visitors had time to settle, Scone had won another couple of quick corners and Andrew Mackenzie (sponsored by A & S Properties) was able to get on the end of a Darren Gray corner to score his first goal since returning to the club on 13 minutes. The Vics then had a corner at the other end but were unable to keep the shot on target as they reminded Scone they were still capable of causing problems. Within minutes though Scone extended their lead, on 19 minutes Martin Strachan scored after good work from Ross Mitchell before 4 minutes later Darren Gray (sponsored by G & J Glaziers, Scone) scored his first of the afternoon. With less than a quarter of the game gone, the result looked inevitable & Jaggie fans were wondering how many this side might be able to accumulate as they looked to wrap up the result. The visitors though had not completely given up and as the game headed to the interval were able to pull a goal back in the 45th minute through Aaron Stephen.
Half time score: Scone 4-1 Brechin Vics
With the Vics scoring just before the break, Scone came out determined to regain their superiority and didn’t have to wait long to increase their lead. Scone won 2 quick corners but this time Calum Kinnear took them leaving Gray free to score his second. On 49 minutes the Vic’s failed to clear the corner which fell to Darren Gray just outside the penalty box who was allowed to run in & get his shot past the defence & Gary Grant in goal. 2 minutes later, things got worse for the visitors when Ross Mitchell (sponsored by Cherrybank Garage) got his 6th goal of the season. As the game reached the hour mark, Gary Mackie came on for Stephen Moon with Sean Whitworth replacing Mitchell on 65 minutes. As Scone looked to see out the game, Calum Black came on for the excellent Darren Gray and did well for the remainder of the game in the middle of the park. Josh Gorton was forced into a save on 81 minutes from a Vics corner kick but it would be the hosts that would score again next. Sean Whitworth (sponsored by Stuart Bruce Decorator & Steven & Yvonne Whitworth) was on hand to complete the scoring on 83 minutes after a great run & cross from Arran McKay. For the 2nd League game running, Scone win by 6 clear goals but what will be particularly pleasing for the manager will be the 6 different names on the score sheet.
Full time score: Scone 7-1 Brechin Vics
Man of the match for Scone: Martin Strachan (sponsored by Strachan Sheet Metal) There were a number of good performances across the team, Darren Gray with his 2 goals and it was great to see Arran McKay back from injury & having an influence on the team but Martin was ferocious in midfield and took his goal well to tip the vote. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News “I am delighted with the result & the performance, we are playing well at the moment and now we are looking forward to the challenge of Carnoustie on Saturday in the Thorntons Property East Region League Cup“.
Matchday 12 summary:
The only 2 other games played this week in the Premier League North saw Dundee Violet win 6-0 away to Coupar Angus while Lochee Harp and Blairgowrie saw out a 2-2 draw. Scone move up to 3rd in the League table which is available here.