Disjointed Lichties succumb to substandard Albion

Last updated : 27 December 2008 By Fargone

A cold still afternoon at Gayfield meant ideal conditions for football. With Black out, Terry Masson got a rare start in right midfield. Scott limped off after only 7 minutes to be replaced by Tosh.

Arbroath barely got out of their own half for the first 15 minutes and our defence has lost that solid look. After only two minutes, Bishop missed a throwin in down the right for McKenna to hook it past Hill from an acute angle

With Scott out, we struggled to create much upfront until around 20 minutes Sellars smashed in a great shot off the crossbar and the keeper saved Tosh's followup header. After 30 minutes further defensive lapses, plus a bit of ill-luck saw the ball fall on the right side of our box to McKenna who lofted it easily over Hill 0-2.

The next 15 minutes saw our best spell as we pressed forward in search of a goal. We managed to create chances and some openings - for Weir saved by the keeper and several headers from corners and freekicks which went eitehr too close to the keeper. Doris worked his goal well going on a mazy run acros the edge of the penalty box before firing in a fierce shot which cannoned into the net off defender Gib to raise Lichtie hopes after 39 minutes

At halftime, we had hopes of turning it around. Watson came on for Rennie

We pressed them back for the first 5-10 minutes of the second half and carved out a few close things. Thereafter we seemd to run out of steam as Albion tightened up and asserted themselves and mst of the last 20 minutes was played in ou half.

On the few occasins we broke forward, a poor final ball was too often our undoing. Tosh came close wth a header from Watsons' cross but we lacked the guile.

The game petered out to the inevitable defeat.

That's two games now we should have take at least a draw. We seemed lightweight in midfield and relied too much on Weir and Doris for a spark. Tosh's presence meant too many balls pumped aimlessly forward and easily cut out. An afternoon to forget and results elsewhere mean we're again dragged deep into relegation trouble