Arbroath Walking Football headed to Dundee on Sunday for some League duty.
Due to a few teams being unable to field a team and one team arriving late, the fixtures had to be reshuffled. Instead of starting against Dunfermline Dynamos in a friendly, it was changed at the last minute to St. James. Arbroath began very slowly and was one down in less than a minute. A second followed shortly after and left Arbroath chasing the game. Despite some decent chances for St. James, Arbroath keeper Waddell made some great saves to prevent any increase in the deficit. Long-range efforts from Wullie Craib and Lindsay worked St. James keeper Beattie. Cargill, Smith and Gordon all had decent efforts but couldn’t beat Beattie. Waddell saved his best to last, with an outstanding save at his bottom left to prevent a goal. However, it came at a price as he broke his left pinky and was taken to Ninewells by his son Kerr for an x-ray, which confirmed a fracture. Up next was Dunfermline Dynamos, and manager McKenzie changed his starting lineup. Kevin Craib took over in goals, proving to be a fine replacement. However, Dynamos took the lead against the run of play, but it was short-lived as a cutback from Smith was despatched by Harrison. It was all Arbroath, and Harrison returned the favour after his square ball to Smith was met the first time by Smith, his shot rocketing past the Dynamos keeper. A Smith goal was then contentiously chalked off after it was deemed to be running. Milne was then put through on goal, but he was a victim of another running decision.
Durno, Cargill, Smith and Milne all had reasonable efforts on goal, but with time running out, Dynamos were awarded a three running offences penalty to level the match, and full time soon followed. Last up was Tayport, who are well known to Arbroath because they hosted a couple of Dundee based friendlies against us. Manager Mckenzie changed the starting side, and Cargill and Smith tested the Tayport custodian. However, Tayport opened the scoring with a fine curling effort. Arbroath continued to press, and Wullie Craib levelled the match after his left foot shot squirmed underneath Tayport’s keeper. After missing a few chances from various players, Arbroath found the winner via Cargill, who slotted home.
Arbroath remains second in the league, two points behind unbeaten St. James.
Report: Allan (Hatchet) Harrison