BROUGHTY Athletic’s league situation improved marginally after Saturday’s results, with a point gained in a 1-1 draw away to bottom team Arniston Rangers at Gorebridge.
The Fed moved a point nearer to fourth bottom Downfield who lost 3-2 at home to Tayport and a point away from second bottom Armadale Thistle who were beaten 2-1 at Newtongrange.
The Fed thought they had opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Graeme Dailly raced clear and finished neatly. The referee, however, saw it differently and chalked the goal off as he felt there had been an infringement on Scott Nisbett, much to the disbelief of everyone else inside the ground.
It was the home side which took the lead in 30 minutes in bizarre circumstances, when a corner kick was misjudged and headed into his own net by LEE BERTIE.
Broughty had a golden opportunity to equalise on the stroke of half time when Barry Myles found himself some space inside the box. His shot beat the Arniston ‘keeper but was cleared off the line by right back Kenny Munro and scrambled away.
Half-time: Arniston Rangers 1, Broughty Athletic 0.
Broughty Athletic continued to press in the second half and Mark Brash had a good opportunity at the edge of the box but his effort went wide of the target.
The Fed deservedly levelled the game in 63 minutes when a good break on the right by Barry Myles saw the ball knocked into the box for MARK BRASH to make no mistake from eight yards.
Both sides were reduced to 10 men when both J.P. McLennan and Mark Brash were shown red cards, although the Broughty player again looked to have been hard done by.
There was yet another big call in the game when Graeme Dailly raced through one-on-one with the ‘keeper and the Broughty forward appeared to be caught. Again the referee waved the protests aside and played on.
Manager Kenny Cameron avoided saying “we were robbed”, but it was a close thing!
He commented: “Once again I felt my players showed a fantastic team spirit and workrate over the course of the 90 minutes.
“There are fine lines in football games and it is a safe bet to say I felt that all the key decisions that the referee had to make today most certainly did not go our way.
“I am sure that that will change soon and there will be many more twists and turns yet in this league campaign before anything is decided.”
Gowfers’ match off
ON FRIDAY evening, Carnoustie Panmure’s secretary, Andy Finlay was astounded to get a ‘phone call from his counterpart at Bathgate Thistle to say that Saturday’s match was very doubtful, but there would be a pitch inspection at 8.30 a.m.
This was duly carried out by Livingston-based referee Scott McComish, who said that due to large amounts of sand having been put down on several wet parts of the pitch, he felt that some areas were dangerous, and with the players’ safety uppermost in his mind, he had no choice other than to call the game off.
It would seem that this fixture is jinxed as it was originally programmed for December 3, but that was also postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Tomorrow (Saturday), the Gowfers are again on the road, heading this time to Newton Park to meet Bo’ness United in the ACA Sports East Super League. The Lothians club has won the league title for the past two seasons and will be formidable opponents as they go for three in a row. Although they currently lie in sixth spot in the table, they have played only 11 games, due to their Scottish Cup run, and have therefore no less than eight games in hand over table-toppers Linlithgow Rose. Tomorrow’s tie gets under way at 2.30 p.m.
G.A. Engineering Cup draws.
In the draws for the quarter-final and semi-final stages of the North Region/Tayside Region Cup, sponsored by G.A. Engineering, made recently in the Parkvale JFC Social Club in Aberdeen, the Gowfers were handed a home tie against North Super League side FC Stoneywood, while Broughty Athletic will be away to last season’s Champions, Culter.
These ties are due to be played on April 7. Should the pair safely negotiate their respective hurdles, the Gowfers will be away to either Deveronside or Jeanfield Swifts, while The Fed will meet either Banks o’ Dee or Glentanar. No date has yet been arranged for these fixtures.
ACA Sports East Super League
P W L D F A Pts
Linlithgow Rose 19 10 5 4 41 31 34
Hill of Beath 14 8 2 4 30 16 28
Bonnyrigg Rose 13 7 2 4 34 20 25
Camelon 17 7 6 4 30 26 25
Bo’ness United 11 6 2 3 17 10 21
Bathgate Thistle 17 5 6 6 26 34 21
Kelty Hearts 15 5 6 4 18 20 19
Musselburgh 16 4 9 3 33 42 15
St Andrews Utd 15 4 8 3 24 34 15
Lochee United 14 3 8 3 21 27 12
Carn Panmure 13 2 7 4 16 30 10