|8th April 2017||2:30 pm||McBookie.com League North Division||Season 2016-17|
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After 3 straight draws Scone went into the match with Arbroath Vics knowing that a return to winning ways was a priority if they were to remain with the leading two teams in the division.
Sadly however the Jags suffered their poorest second half performance of the season in a display riddled with individual errors and up against a determined hard working Vics side who played with an intensity that belied their lowly league position.
The first half had looked bright for Scone with the Jags dominating chances. MacKenzie and Mills both went close for the home side in the opening 12 minutes before Sinclair saw a cross-cum-shot from the left wing rebound off the crossbar of visiting keeper Jack Whitton.
Vics then had their first chance of the match after 25 minutes when they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Scone box. Gillespie stepped up but saw his effort blocked by the Scone wall for a corner which was quickly worked back up the pitch by the Jags midfield and when Mills set up MacKenzie on the edge of the Arbroath box Whitton had to look lively to pull off a good save to prevent Scone taking the lead.
Moments later the Vics number 1 was to break the home sides hearts again with a wonder save from Fraser Mills before McKay had an effort over the bar.
In the dying moments of the first half there was a good old fashioned “stramash” in the Arbroath goal area with Mills seeing an attempted overhead kick blocked by a defender before the ball broke to Strachan who saw his effort blocked by Whitton.
As has been the case over the past couple of games however after dominating the opening half Scone didn’t appear to turn up for the second as Arbroath then went on to take a two goal lead just before the hour mark.
Firstly a mishit Mackay pass to Whitworth in defence allowed Warren to collect the ball and slip it to Wilson who had got goal side of the Scone defence. In attempting to tackle the Arbroath sub Whitworth pulled his opposite number back from being clear on goal. The referee awarded the free kick and the Scone defender was fortunate to escape what appeared to be a clear ordering off.
Up stepped Gillespie to bend the free kick round the wall, Winton managed to block the shot with his legs but with the Scone defence playing musical statues not one but three Arbroath attackers were in position to knock the loose ball home which Wilson duly did.
Vics made it 2-0 three minutes later and again Scone were the architects of their own misfortune.
A long ball forward from the Arbroath defence was too strong for Wilson to collect and the outrushing Winton was first to the ball, however his kick to clear the ball was far too weak and went straight to Chalmers who lobbed it into the empty net from 25 yards out.
Gillespie was then off target for the Vics before Scone managed to score a lifeline.
Gary Fergus knocked a ball forward into the Vics box for Fraser Mills and when he beat Whitton to the ball he managed to chip the ball goalwards. It looked like Clark might have cleared it off the line but Njie had followed the ball in and nipped in first to knock it into the net.
Scone’s lifeline wasn’t to last for long however as Arbroath went two in front again two minutes later and again poor defending was the cause of the Jags problems.
Arbroath worked the ball up the right of the Scone box before it was pushed forward to Gillespie, he was tackled by Laing but the ball rebounded off Gillespie and headed towards the goal line. The Arbroath striker managed the turn the ball into the centre before it fully crossed the line and with Winton and Whitworth ball watching at the front post, and no other defenders to be seen, Wilson had all the time in the world to turn the ball into the back of the net.
Njie then had an effort off target for the home side before Chalmers drew a save from Winton with a shot from the corner of the box.
Scone were to score a late consolation when they were awarded a penalty after 89 minutes when Gary Fergus was fouled and up stepped Abi Njie to score his 19th goal of the season but it was too late for Scone who went down to their first home defeat since the start of November last year.
|Farquharson Park, Scone|