Forfar Athletic 2
Martyn Fotheringham pen 23, 26
Buckie Thistle 0
Forfar Athletic assistant Ian Campbell was pleased with the side’s performance in the 2-0 win over Buckie Thistle on Saturday in their first pre-season game.
A first half double from Martyn Fotheringham was enough although the side had chances to add to their tally, Chris Templeman, Kerr Hay and Michael Dunlop all going close.
Speaking after the game, Campbell said “It was a decent performance from us, we had our objectives to hit, Buckie did well, worked hard and closed us down well, we fully expected that so from our point of view it was a good workout for us.”
”We could have played a lot better in terms of playing where we want to play and keeping better possession but that’s acceptable at this stage of the season.”
”We could have scored another one or two but all credit to Buckie, they made it difficult. We gave a lot of the young boys a game, which was good, we had five or six players missing but overall it was a decent first pre-season game.”
The game started off in a quiet fashion, with the first opportunity of the afternoon coming in the ninth minute when Michael Kennedy saw a shot from outside the box tipped over the bar by the retreating keeper.
Buckie had a chance of their own four minutes later but Paul Napier could only shoot straight at Rab Douglas.
The Loons took the lead after 23 minutes when they were awarded a penalty, Craig Smith looked to have been fouled outside the penalty area but Martyn Fotheringham stepped up to slot home the spot kick.
Three minutes later it was two for the midfielder, a good move by the home side resulted in Fotheringham sweeping home a Gavin Malin cut back.
Forfar struggled to break down a stuffy Buckie defence that included a familiar face in Chris Hegarty.
The visitors went close again five minutes before half time, Douglas having to hold a cross cum shot from Sean Carroll.
Kerr Hay almost added a third for Forfar on the stroke of half time, Danny Denholm and Kennedy combining to set the youngster up but his near post effort was pushed wide by Andy Burr.
At half time Craig Smith and new signing Kevin Nicoll were replaced an English trialist and fellow new face Thomas O’Brien.
Michael Dunlop was next to threaten in the 50th minute, his effort from outside the box taking a slight deflection off Hay into Burr’s arms before Fotheringham missed his chance for a hat trick after Hay’s effort was blocked six minutes later.
In the 66th minute sub Chris Templeman, Fotheringham and Malin combined to set up Danny Denholm but his shot hit the wrong side of the net.
Two minutes later Kennedy sent a lofted ball into the area for the trialist striker to chase, the keeper collided with him, leaving Templeman with a great chance but he went for power rather than slotting the ball home and his shot flew over the bar.
The trialist had his own effort with fifteen minutes left, racing onto Denholm’s through ball but could only place the ball into the keeper’s arms.
Fotheringham had another two chances to complete his hat trick, with both flying wide before Buckie’s Chris Hegarty sent a free kick over the bar with six minutes to go.
The final chance came from Gavin Malin when he saw his shot take a touch off a defender and go past the post.
The side go on to face East Stirling this Saturday with a 2pm kick off at Station Park.
Speaking after the game, Ian Campbell said he believes the youngsters in the squad deserve a chance this season “It’s the gaffer’s choice whether to blood youngsters at the end of the day, I think he will do.”
”The problem we’ve got is you’re trying to bring good football players into the club and our young players are not far away so I think he’ll give the young players a chance and quite rightly.“
”We’ve got five youngsters training with us and they’re coming on, we’ve got Smith, Hay, Clark, Yates and also Kennedy so these boys are providing the manager with a positive contribution.”
Dick Campbell added to his brother’s comments about brining players in, confirming there will be more additions in the coming weeks “We’ll be adding to the squad, either through the normal process or loans, echoing what Ian’s saying there, we’ve got to give the young boys a chance to see what they bring, although we’ve still got a budget to bring in another two or three.”
“I’ll not go diving into anything, the problem you have is they’ve got, we think that the four players coming in are every bit as good, if not better than the ones that went out so we’ll see, time will tell but we will be adding before the start of the season.”
Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas (Trialist 74), Mark Baxter (James Yates 59), Michael Kennedy, Michael Travis (Derek Young 59), Michael Dunlop, Kevin Nicoll (Thomas O’Brien 46), Martyn Fotheringham, Gavin Malin, Craig Smith (Trialist 46), Kerr Hay (Chris Templeman 59), Danny Denholm (Cameron Clark 74)
Buckie Thistle: Andy Burr, Sean Wood (Ian MacRae 60), Sean Carroll (Kyle Gauld 74), Chris Hegarty, Lewis McKinnon, Andy Low (Kai Ross 46), Chris Angus, Drew Copeland (Jay Cheyne 46), Dennis Wyness (Donnie Munro 74), Kevin Fraser, Paul Napier (Stuart Taylor 60)
Sub not used: Greg Sim (gk)