Saturday 21st December at Farquharson Park, match sponsored by Cherrybank Garage:
At the weekend, Tayport were the visitors to Scone for the return of the match that the Jaggies won 2-1 back in September. As expected at this time of the year, there were a number of absentees due to injuries & availability and manager Sean Whitworth looked to bolster the matchday squad with a number of trialist drafted in. Ross Mitchell had Scone’s first chance on 7 minutes but was unable to beat Jack Shaw in goal for Tayport. Aidan Benvie was looking lively & as the game approached the half hour mark, created a hat-trick of chances coming closest on 31 minutes when he was unlucky to see his shot bounce off the woodwork. Gav Sorley made a couple of saves at the other end before Tayport were reduced to 10 men on 33 minutes when Jamie Mackie was sent off for serious foul play. Scone looked to maintain their pressure but were unable to find a breakthrough before the interval.
Half time score: Scone 0-0 Tayport
As we have seen many times before, loosing a player can have a galvanising effect on a team and Tayport continued to believe they could get something out of the game & ultimately won the game with 2 goals in as many minutes. Liam McArtney opened the scoring on 57 minutes before Dayle Robertson got the second. Scone continued to attack with both Benvie & Mitchell creating further chances before both sides made changes on 71 minutes. On 82 minutes Scone did pull a goal back when Aidan Benvie (sponsored by G & J Glaziers, Scone) got the goal his performance deserved from a Calum Black free kick. Tayport saw the game out making a further change in the last few minutes as they held on to take all 3 points home with them.
Full time score: Scone 1-2 Tayport.
Man of the match for Scone: Sam Sanchez (sponsored by D J Lindsay & Son Butcher). After the match manager Sean Whitworth (sponsored by Balajee Spice) told Jaggy News “There was plenty of positives to be taken out of the performance, with a lot more chances created than in recent weeks. On another day we would have converted more & run out winners. We need to continue to work hard for each other & soon enough we will get that positive result that the effort being put in deserves”. Next up for Scone is the away trip to Forfar West End at 1.30pm on Saturday 28th December.
Off the park this week, Saturday’s bonus ball number was 26 & there were no winners so the jackpot this Saturday will be £150.
Elsewhere in the North Superleague:
Downfield & Kirriemuir’s games v Carnoustie & Forfar West End respectively were both postponed while Lochee Utd won 4-0 at home to Dundee North End. Lucarty picked up a surprising win on their travels to Broughty Athletic winning 3-1 moving them above Scone who now sit 8th in the League with Tayport still 9th. The updated League table is available here.