Saturday 30th March:
Saturday saw Scone travel to Brechin Vics for the McBookie.com Premier League North knowing that a win would see them reclaim top spot in the League with Dundee North End otherwise involved in the DJ Laing East Region Cup. Manager Derek Lawson made a number of changes with Stephen Moon, Ross Wilson, Calum Black, Sean Whitworth & Aaron Carlon all returning to the starting line up. After last weeks stalemate, Scone started brightly and this game could’ve all been over in the opening 12 minutes but the Vics are a much improved side from the last meeting at Farquharson Park and were not about to make things easy for the visitors. Scone did however get off to the perfect start with a well worked team goal which saw Max Avolio square the ball to Kevin Sinclair (sponsored by Your Amazing Brain) who was able to calmly side foot the ball past the diving Grant in goal. Within 8 minutes, Scone had the chance to double their lead when Kevin Sinclair was brought down in the penalty box with Craig Mitchell stepping up to take the resulting penalty kick only for Gary Grant in the Brechin Vics goal doing well to make the save. Predictably this gave the hosts some hope and could’ve been the turning point of the game especially with the Vics scoring next. On 34 minutes, Scone conceded a freekick and when Scone failed to clear their lines Euan Duff was on hand to equalise. As the game entered the break, Brechin would’ve been the happier of the 2 sides in a game that could’ve slipped away from them early on.
Half time score: Brechin Vics 1-1 Scone
The second half started with Scone continuing to create chances, Arran McKay was unlucky to see his header glance the crossbar on 58 minutes before Stephen Moon drew a save from Grant 4 minutes later. Scone made the first changes of the afternoon on 66 minutes when Ross Mitchell & Abi Njie came on for Max Avolio & Aaron Carlon as Scone switched formation for the remainder of the match. On 68 minutes Scone took the lead when a Ross Wilson free kick found Stephen Moon at the far post who headed back to Craig Mitchell who’s shot beat the crowded defence to make it 2-1. Both sides made further changes with Darren Gray replacing Stephen Moon on 79 minutes with Arran Mckay dropping back to cover. Any hope of a late drama for the Vics were dashed on 82 minutes when Sean Whitworth (sponsored by Stuart Bruce Decorator & Steven & Yvonne Whitworth) got on the end of a Ross Wilson corner kick and was able to bundle the ball over the line to make sure of all of 3 points as he scored his 12th goal of the season. Abi Njie did have the ball in the back of the net in injury time only for referee Willie Ferguson to award the foul against Abi but Scone had once again shown a determined confidence to see out the game.
Full time score: Brechin Vics – 1-3 Scone
Man of the match for Scone: Craig Mitchell (sponsored by Alex Spence ) who got over his penalty miss to give Scone the lead. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News: ” We made half a dozen changes to the team to rest players and also to try & freshen things up. We are delighted with the 3 points but I wasn’t happy with the overall performance. Credit to Brechin Vics who I thought worked very hard pressing us. We never really got going with our usual passing play but we are grinding out results at the moment even when we are not playing well which is a good thing. We are hard to beat just now which is also very pleasing with 3 games to go. ” Next up for Scone are Kinnoull who visit Farquharson Park on Saturday 6th April at 2:30pm.
Matchday 31 summary:
East Craigie remain 4th winning 2-1 at home to Lochee Harp, Coupar Angus lost 3-1 away to Arbroath Vics while Luncarty avoided another draw with a last minute winner away to Blairgowrie winning 3-2 to keep them 5 points behind the League leaders in 3rd. The final league game in the McBookie.com Premier League North saw Kinnoull hosts Dundee Violet which had to be abandoned when Violet were reduced to 6 men in the 89th minute with Kinnoull 2-0 in front. The updated League table is available here.