Saturday 11th November at Central Park, Crosshill McBookie.com North Division:
Saturday saw Scone get back to winning ways after leaving Crosshill with all 3 points although they were made to work hard by a well organised Lochore side that were coming into the game off the back of their own run of good results. Both sides took to the pitch in what some might deem a slight clash of kits but with the home team refusing to change, the referee Terry Ormiston had no choice but to let it go. Both sides however observed a minutes silence impeccably before kick off in honour of Remembrance Day. Crosshill Park was featuring two new goals and as fans wondered who would score first we did not need to wait long to find out. In the first minute James Adam found himself with the ball on the left hand wing and was able to chip in from the tightest of angles to open the scoring for Lochore and christen the new nets. Scone this season though are showing more resilience and in what was sometimes a bit of a slog fought their way back into the match. Charlie Fertacz (sponsored by Blackadders) had the first chance for Scone but it was Andrew Mackenzie on 8 minutes who equalised when his 25 yard strike was hit low and through the crowd to beat Liam Valentine in goal. Both sides had half chances in the remainder of the half but when Lochore conceded a free kick on 42 minutes, Andrew Mackenzie took the kick which was flicked on by Arran McKay (sponsored by J & D Simpson) and with the Lochore defence unable to clear, gave Scone the lead going into the break.
Half time score: Lochore Welfare 1-2 Scone.
As the game resumed the next goal was always going to be crucial. Scone made an early change with Fraser Morrison replacing Charlie Fertacz on 48 minutes and was unlucky to see his first shot on goal hit the post as Scone looked to kill the game off. Scone’s third finally came on 71 minutes when Ben Moffat broke away up field before squaring the perfect pass into the line of Ross Mitchell (sponsored by Barry Grieve Plastering, Jedburgh) who made sure from 10 yards out. At this point Lochore made their first substitution with Logan Donaldson coming on for James Adam. Fraser Morrison had another chance on goal on 76 minutes but a minute later it was Ben Moffat who sealed the win. With roughly 10 minutes of the match left, youngster Aaron Carlon came on for Ben Moffatt and looked lively for the remainder of the match and Derek Angus replaced Stephen Moon as the manager looked to give the squad some additional playing time. Lochore then made a double substitution themselves with Robertson & Ewing coming on for Rolland & Kinninmonth. As the game drew to a close, there was still time for Ross Mitchell and Sean Whitworth (sponsored by Steven & Yvonne Whitworth) to get shots on target but in the end the visitors made sure they would leave with all the points.
Full time score: Lochore Welfare 1-4 Scone.
Man of the match for Scone: Arran Mckay (sponsored by J & D Simpson) . Many thanks to Andrew Mackenzie who has completed his month long loan spell from Jeanfield Swifts and signed off with a goal and credit to Ross Mitchell too who is looking sharper & leaner with every game but Arran again worked tirelessly breaking down attacks and creating chances for himself & team mates. After the game the manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Graham Milne) told Jaggie News “I am delighted to bounce back with a win and a good performance. Lochore made us work very hard for the 3 points. We managed to restrict their chances and they are a much improved side since we played them in September“.
Matchday 14 summary:
With only 3 games played in the McBookie.com North Division not much has changed in the table which is available here. Forfar Albion picked up a much needed 3 points against Newburgh winning 3-1 and Dundee Violet scored an impressive 8 goals against Arbroath Vics which now takes the Violet above Scone on goal difference. Next up for Scone is a home game v Lochee Harp who were put out of the GA Engineering Cup at the weekend by Jeanfield Swifts. The game is a slightly earlier kick off time of 1.45pm and manager Derek Lawson added “we expect a very hard game, they have some very good players that we will have to watch out for“.
Off field this weekend the Club would like to pass on their warmest congratulations to Captain Willie Laing and Rhiannon Lorimer who have just announced their engagement and we wish the two of them all the best as they plan ahead for the forthcoming wedding. Anytime in June should be fine!