Hard-fought win for Lichties at Elgin as home side see red

Last updated : 16 December 2007 By Fargone

Elgin City 1-3 Arbroath

Elgin fans were cursing referee Frank McDermott "he is WITHOUT QUESTION the most incompetent individual I have had the misfortune to witness" . Unprecedented for Arbroath to benefit against poor officiating but this was a timely hard-fought victory, the first in over 2 months against fellow play-off contenders. That result made it seven wins in a row against Elgin scoring 12 in three games so far this season. Elgin used to be a kind of bogey team but we seemed to have turned that around


Arbroath claimed the spoils in a bad tempered promotion battle against nine-man Elgin City

The home side took the lead when Arbroath defender Jimmy Bishop diverted a cross into his own net. A mass brawl ended with Elgin skipper Hugh Dickson sent off and Arbroath levelled when Andy Reilly shot home. The visitors went ahead with a Kevin Webster finish and Mark Nicholson was picked up a second yellow card before Paul Watson's close range effort.

Elgin City: Ridgers, Nicolson, Dempsie, Hind, Dickson, Gilbert, Sutherland, Martin (Frizzel 34), Shallicker (Ross 76), O'Donoghue (Kaczan 81), Campbell. Subs Not Used: Tansley, Bowden. Sent Off: Dickson (12), Nicolson (65). Booked: Nicolson, Shallicker, Sutherland. Goal: Bishop 2 og.

Arbroath: Wight, Rennie, Ferguson, Raeside, Bishop, Hegarty, McMullen, Brian Scott (Darren Scott 58), Reilly, Sellars, Webster (Watson 77). Subs Not Used: Clark, Masson, Morrison.

Booked: Rennie, Webster, Ferguson.oals: Reilly 29, Webster 60, Watson 87.

Att: 422 Ref: F McDermott

From Scotland on Sunday

ARBROATH ran out comfortable winners over nine-man Elgin at Borugh Briggs.

Elgin took the lead inside two minutes when Nicholson's cross was put through his own net by Arbroath's Jamie Bishop. However, City were reduced to ten men amid violent scenes as Hugh Dickson head-butted Arbroath's Steven Rennie and Dickson was given his marching orders.

Arbroath equalised in the 29th minute. Brain Scott retreated from an offside position but while the Elgin defence switched off, Andy Reilly ran on to finish calmly past the isolated Ally Ridgers in the Elgin goal.

Kevin Webster scored in the 60th minute to give the visitors the lead before Elgin's Mark Nicholson was sent off for a second booking. Watson hit the third on 87 minutes.

Sunday Mail

ELGIN boss Robbie Williamson was left fuming after a bad-tempered showdown in which City ran Arbroath close despite ending the match with nine men. Williamson refused to talk but Arbroath manager John McGlashan said: "I have to praise the spirit of the Elgin team because they battled to the end."

A dramatic start saw the away side gifted a third-minute opener courtesy of a Jamie Bishop own goal. The match exploded into life 10 minutes later when a tackle in the centre of the park sparked a 20-man brawl. Ref Frank McDermott gave home captain Hugh Dickson his marching orders.

Arbroath drew level on the half-hour through Andy Reilly. McGlashan introduced Darren Scott and his low cross allowed Kevin Webster to restore the lead. City lost another man when Nicolson picked up a second yellow for a foul on Scott. And with two minutes left sub Paul Watson sealed the win.