Saturday 2nd March at Farquharson Park:
Saturday saw Scone welcome Forfar Albion in the McBookie.com Premier League North. Although there has been some comfortable wins over recent seasons there has also been some keenly contested battles that defies the visitors current league position. On another day, this could’ve been a banana skin of a slip up but ultimately Scone’s determination and confidence in their own current form saw them over the line. In what had been a pleasant morning the rain began just as the game kicked off and didn’t stop for the whole of the game adding to the days challenge. Manager Derek Lawson made 3 changes to last weeks starting 11 with Stephen Moon, Sean Whitworth & Lee Maloney coming in as he experimented with a different formation. Scone started with a number of corner kicks in the opening quarter but were unable to create many clear cut chances with Craig Mitchell coming the closest on 19 minutes. Forfar Albion were forced into their first change of the afternoon when on 25 mins Ben Johnson replaced the injured Robbie Gallacher. Scone thought the breakthrough had come on 31 minutes only for a well hit free kick from Darren Gray, to ricochet off the woodwork to keep the scores level. Scone kept pushing with another couple of corners and on 42 minutes a Kevin Sinclair (sponsored by Your Amazing Brain) cross was only partially cleared to Ross Wilson who found Lee Maloney (sponsored by Jempson Joinery) free to confidently strike the ball past Jason Hill to give the hosts the lead going into the break.
Half time score: Scone 1-0 Forfar Albion
The 2nd half started with Scone continuing to attack and on 48 minutes Lee Maloney nearly doubled his tally after a brilliant solo run saw his final shot comfortably saved by Hill. Martin Strachan then had a long range effort on 52 minutes only for his effort to drift over the bar. As long as there was only a goal in it, Scone couldn’t fully relax & so it would prove on 54 minutes when the visitors equalised. Willie Laing had a fresh air attempt to clear the ball whose boot caught the player instead & Forfar Albion were awarded a penalty kick by referee Duncan McLullich. Kevin Scott stepped up to take the kick sending Josh Gorton the wrong way to level the score. This would prove to be the visitors last shot on goal as Scone dominated the remainder of the game while searching for the winner. Lee Maloney was through on goal 2 mins later only for his shot to just clear the post before on 63 minutes hitting the post and the cross bar 6 minutes later. On 68 minutes both sides made changes with Abi Njie making his return to Scone replacing Sean Whitworth while Paul Heggie came on for Forfar Albion’s Craig Paterson before Arran McKay came on for Lee Maloney on 77 mins. Scone could be forgiven for thinking it was going to be one of those days especially when a minute later a Craig Mitchell effort from a Ross Wilson corner kick was cleared by John Miller with the keeper beaten but Scone continued to try & play their passing attacking game right up to the last minute. In the 89th minute Scone got their just rewards when more patient build up play, saw a Kevin Sinclair cross flicked on by Arran McKay to Darren Gray (sponsored by G & J Glaziers, Scone) who was in the right place to steer the ball pass the keeper which this time Miller was unable to clear. The sense of relief was palatable and although Forfar Albion will be disappointed not to hang on for a draw, Scone did enough to ensure the 3 points went to Scone & to stay in touch with the League leaders.
Full time score: Scone 2-1 Forfar Albion
Man of the match for Scone: Andy Webster (sponsored by Noble & Bradford Flooring) on a day when the defence had to be vigilant Andy worked hard to keep Forfar Albion at bay. Special mentions to Lee Maloney who scored on his first start and Darren Gray who scored his 13th goal of the season. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News “It was a frustrating afternoon for us but we managed to get the 3 points, credit to Forfar Albion who made us work very hard for the win”. Next up for Scone, Arbroath Vics will be the visitors to Farquharson Park for a 2:30 pm kick off on Saturday 9th March.
Matchday 27 summary:
With the Arbroath Vics fixture v Coupar Angus postponed there were 3 other games in the McBookie.com Premier League North with Blairgowrie winning 3-0 at home to Dundee Violet and East Craigie winning 4-2 away at Brechin Vics. The biggest scoreline saw Dundee North End beat Lochee Harp 7-0 a result that keeps them 1 point ahead of Scone, the updated league table is available here. In the Signature signs Cup, Kinnoull beat Luncarty 3-2 which means Scone’s league match against Luncarty is now scheduled for 23rd March.