Forfar Athletic 1 Brechin City 1 (SPFL League One) 8th March 2014

Forfar Athletic        1      Brechin City       1

Hilson 52                          Jackson 73

Forfar Athletic are now six points off fourth spot in Legaue One after a lacklustre derby with Brechin City ended one all at Station Park.

The Loons stuck with the same starting eleven that beat Ayr 3-2 in midweek whilst Brechin made four changes to their side, injuries ravaging their defence.

City got off to the better start, with Ryan Ferguson and Andy Jackson firing over in the first ten minutes before at the other end Dale Hilson shot wide from an excellent move between him, Iain Campbell and Gavin Swankie in the fourteenth minute.

Ex-City midfielder Gary Fusco was laid off by Hilson a minute later but his effort was blocked before it reached the keeper while the visitors’ Robert Thomson blasted over.

Allan Walker forced Rab Douglas into a good save in the 18th minute from long range then fired over five minutes later.

Brechin piled on the pressure near the half hour mark with Craig Molloy and Thomson again seeing their efforts go over.

The Loons had their best chance of the half a minute before half time when Gavin Swankie raced clear down the right before squaring for Dale Hilson inside the box, Hilson took the ball past Graham Hay but could only send his shot into the direction of the oncoming Graeme Smith.

From this, Brechin had an even better chance, Allan Walker’s shot beating Rab Douglas but cannoning off the inside of the post before being cleared.

HALF TIME: Forfar Athletic 0 Brechin City 0

Forfar took the lead seven minutes into the second half when Chris Templeman’s flick on found Hilson, who ran at the Brechin defence before firing a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box for his eighth of the season.

Chris Templeman nodded at Graeme Smith in the 57th minute before heading wide a minute later.

In the 71st minute Brechin almost equalised after a cross from Steven Jackson came off Darren Dods and found sub Alan Trouten, but he could only drag his effort wide.

Two minutes later a poor passback by Ross Campbell was picked up by Andy Jackson who raced clear before threading the ball past Rab Douglas.

The game was a drab affair for the last fifteen minutes, with the closest anyone came to scoring was Gavin Swankie’s long range effort in the last minute that went wide.

Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Gavin Swankie

Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas 6, Mark Baxter 6, Iain Campbell 6, Stuart Malcolm 6 (Marvin Andrews 56, 4), Darren Dods 6, Gary Fusco 6, Ross Campbell 5, Neil McCabe 5 (Martyn Fotheringham 59, 2 (James Dale 69, 3)), Chris Templeman 6, Gavin Swankie 7, Dale Hilson 7.

Subs not used: Gavin Malin, Jamie McCluskey, Omar Kader, Darren Hill (gk).

Brechin City: Graeme Smith 6, Steven Jackson 7, Darren Petrie 7, Graham Hay 6, Gerry McLauchlan 6, Greg Cameron 6 (Alan Trouten 59, 4), Ryan Ferguson 6, Allan Walker 6, Andy Jackson 7, Craig Molloy 6, Robert Thomson 6 (Bobby Barr 69, 4).

Subs not used: Steven Robb, Ben Tough (gk), Craig Nelson (gk).

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