Winning run is over as Annan prove impenetrable at Gayfield

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A superb defensive display from Annan Athletic helped the new league leaders see off Arbroath’s winning run on Saturday.

The hosts had the ball in the net twice but both goals were chalked off for offside.

Bobby Linn missed a penalty in the fifth minute before Peter Weatherson stuck the Galabankies in front with a lovely volley.

Ricky Little then turned the ball past Allan Fleming after a corner.

The Lichties kept the same starting 11 that saw of East Stirlingshire 4-0 while there was a solitary change for Annan Athletic, Weatherson replacing Sloan.

Annan had a couple of good chances early on through Smart Osadolor and Matthew Flynn before Arbroath won a penalty in the fifth minute.

Kieran Stewart was upended in the box after Little’s lovely slide challenge had got the hosts on the break through Andy Ryan, but Linn’s spot kick was well saved by Jordan Hart.

The frantic start continued as the Galabankies took the lead on the 11th minute, Weatherson smashing the visitors ahead with a stunning 20 yard volley.

Sergio Cecilia Alvarez forced a decent save from his low effort before Ryan’s weak shot was also stopped by Hart.

Fleming had to make a great save from Osadolor’s drilled effort to give Annan a corner from which they again punished the Lichties.

Osadolor’s weak effort went across goal and Little put a foot out to divert it, but ended up putting it past Fleming for 2-0.

Todd Lumsden and assistant Steven Hislop were shouting for their players to get the ball on the deck and once they did, the hosts were able to penetrate Annan’s defence much more effectively - though no breakthrough came.

Osadolor had a great chance at the back post but he headed over before Linn’s driving run through the middle saw Darren Ramsay slipped through on goal; Hart burst out of his goal and got enough on the ball to let his defence clear.

The behemoth centre halves of Annan were dominating Ryan and it was just four minutes into the second half before Martin Grehan made his arrival off the bench in place of the on-loan Accies striker.

Grehan immediately added a new dimension to the Lichties’ attack and held the ball up well.

David Gold then replaced Stewart before Grehan looked to have pulled one back, converting from Ramsay’s cross but he was flagged offside.