A great leap forward

Last updated : 28 March 2009 By Fargone

Blustery wind and bright sun at undersized Glebe Park for the final `derby' of the season. Less than 600 souls bothered to turn up and the atmosphere was somnolent - never known it so quiet.

Arbroath changed the lineup again with Lunan. Raeside and Sellars returning.

Almost a great start when Sellars smashed a wind assisted shot just over the bar after 2 minutes. Then the game settled. Wind assisted we had a fair bit of play but the final ball was overhit or Scott was caught offside. Brechin came more into it as the half wore on and a defensive error saw Byers free on the left but the ball trundled tamely across the face of goal.

Getting near halftime a slick and detemrined interchange between Gibson and Scott saw us win a corner and Forsyth narrowly glanced it past. We wer ot to be deniedwhen a great Rennie throw in was headed toward goal. keeper Nelson fumbled and Forsythe followed up smartly to smash the ball past him.  Our first goal all month

Second half saw Brechin with most of the play as we were pushed back. But we were doing a bit better in occasioanl forays forward. Sellars can hold up and lay off the ball well though nothing clearcut was created though Scott and Forsyth had a couple of good runs to the byline and crosses.

Brechin continued to squander halfchances that came their way then after 75 minutes an overzealous tackle form behind from Harvey, early sub for Ward, saw him redcarded.

Brechin didn't create much thereafter buit there wastime for Scott to shoot lamely past while in the box, before being subbed

Overall a deserved win in a fairly disjointed game. Weather didn't help but Brechin looked fairly mediocre but a critical 3 points

Brechin slipped up after finishing with 10 men in a narrow defeat to Arbroath.

Craig Forsyth inflicted the damage in the 43rd minute, stabbing home from close range.

There were decent chances for both sides, with Forsyth shaving the bar with a header before scoring the decisive goal in the match. In the 75th minute, Ross Harvey was shown a second yellow card and made his exit, reducing Brechin to 10 men and giving his side an uphill climb.