Competent Lichties ease past mediocre Elgin

Last updated : 19 January 2008 By Fargone
In front of Gayfield's lowest crowd of the season (486), Arbroath put in a solid perfomance to dispose of Elgin. Only recently, our bogey team, that makes 8 wins in a row in games against Elgin

Despite forecasts conditions were almost ideal for winter football and it was Arbroath that took a grip of the game early on. After a great corner on the left from Barry Sellars was cleared, Paul Watson attacked the near post to head in (actually via Craig Tully's head) Andy Reilly's corner in the 12th minute.

We increased our lead when Elgin keeper Ridgers cleared a long ball straight to Barry Sellars, who duly fired into an empty net from 35 yards. He did this about 3 times over the course of the game

Arbroath tried to exploit Elgin's forward-lying defence throughout the game with a series of balls pushed through to Reilly, Brazil or Tosh to run onto. However a combination of over-elaboration or poor finishing meant we didnt add to the score. Ridgers had a tremendous save from Tosh later in the second half then a Tosh goal was cancelled possibly for offside.

Two goals have seldom been enough to be comfortable this season but the defence stood solid again and Elgin seldom threatened the goal, despite some good approach play. New keeper Hill did well enough and his distribution could be an asset.

No failures in the side today. Paul Watson, Flyer and Barry Sellars put in good shifts so we had more presence in the middle than of late. And, contrary to recent opinion, Robbie Raeside was dominant at the heart of defence.

No cards on either side - an amazing first, surely? . So, unlike recent encounters this was a fairly stad affair, only slightly spoiled by flag-happy linesmen and many offside decisions. The ref was not really tested though tended to over-fussiness later - but we've seen worse

So either this results is a posiitve step to getting the show back on the road OR it's merely the latest in an inconsistent series. We'll take it