So close

AWF started their final three games in the East league with a fixture against St. Andrews.
The AWF starting team was: Waddell, Skelly, G. Smith, K. Craib, Durno, and S. Cargill. W. Craib, Scott, Gordon, and Harrison in reserve.

This was a one-sided affair, with Waddell a mere spectator in the AWF goals. Goal scorers Steve Cargill (2). K. Craib and A. Gordon secured the points.
Next up was St. James, who had just lost 1-0 to a very impressive Crieff team; this meant AWF needed a win to have a chance of winning the league.
With so much at stake, this match was always going to be very competitive. The game was littered with fouls which, to be fair to the referee, he handled pretty well.
Cargill worked the St. James keeper (fellow Arbroathian Beattie) with a fine effort.
Soon after, a misplaced pass from AWF set up a St. James forward whose finish gave Waddell no chance to put the defending champions 1-0 up.
The game was more open now, Skelly, in particular, putting himself about and winning some strong tackles.
AWF eventually levelled the game after some superb link-up play saw Cargill fire in the equaliser.
Both teams pushed for the winner, and a slick move from St. James saw them regain the lead and finish the match as winners.

AWF had one game left against Tayport, and a win for AWF and barring Crieff winning by a large margin would see them qualify for the “champions league” tournament at Ravenscraig on 11th December.
AWF started on the front foot and was soon in the ascendancy. It was Cargill who broke the deadlock with a great strike.
Tayport looked dangerous on the break, and Arbroath was unlucky not to convert the great chances they created. It was left to Cargill to put AWF 2-0 ahead, but the tension was creeping into AWF play, and Tayport pulled a goal back to leave a very tense last five minutes remaining.
Waddell then made a fine save to preserve the lead as AWF saw out the remainder of the game.
AWF finished a creditable second with two goals to the better than Crieff, who look like a formidable team in their first season in the league.
St. James again proved to be worthy winners, but AWF, managed by G Mckenzie, ensured they had to work hard for it.

Arbroath is proving again that they are one of the top teams in the east league region.

On to the champions league next.

Match report by Hatchet


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With Dunfermline Dynamos being unable to field a team, AWF was awarded a 3-0 win, as were the other teams scheduled to play them.
First up for AWF was Fairfield, a strong team, and manager Mckenzie elected to stick with a winning team.
AWF started with P. Bell in goals, P. Skelly and G. Smith in defence, K. Craib and A. Durno in midfield and S. Cargill up front. In reserve were W. Craib, D. Scott, S. Kear and A. Harrison.
AWF started strongly and looked the most likely to score, and after some good defending and fine attacking play, it was S. Cargill who finished with aplomb to make it 1-0.
The whole team were playing well, and a fine effort from Fairfield brought a great save from Bell.
AWF had the best chances, with Cargill, Craib and Smith keeping the Fairfield keeper busy.
With time running out, the Fairfield goalie misplaced a pass to Cargill, and he fired home to make it 2-0. W. Craib replaced Skelly and AWF finished the game as deserved winners.

There was a long wait for the next game against Fife Wanderers, and manager Mckenzie retained the same starting team.
AWF started on the front foot and was soon on the ascendancy with some good link-up play between K. Craib and Cargill, K Craib opening the scoring with a well-placed strike.
G. Smith then showed his prowess to make it 2-0 as AWF piled on the pressure. K Craib curled in a superb strike to make it 3-0.
AWF continued to press, and G.Smith finished smoothly to make it 4-0. Fife Wanderers snatched a goal to make it 4-1, but G. Smith thundered in a shot from a distance to make 5-1 as AWF finished the game strongly.

The last game was a friendly between Crieff Juniors, and manager Mckenzie started those who hadn’t played in the previous games, with Bell remaining in goals and veteran Durno retaining his place.
AWF looked a bit disjointed with the changes and struggled to find any rhythm in the game, with Crieff looking the stronger of the two sides.
Crieff quickly punished some slack passing and raced to a 2-0 lead. AWF had a few chances to get on the scoresheet and a Smith corner setup Harrison whose shot hit the post and went out for a goal kick.
Crieff had a pacey attack and capitalised on errors to run out comfortable winners 5-0. However, AWF achieved their goal of winning their two league games today, as they stay in contention at the top of the table.


Match report By Allan (Hatchet) Harrison.

Tarfside Challenge

AWF veterans Wullie Craib and Allan Harrison are doing the Tarfside challenge again on Saturday the 13th of August.
It’s 65 miles of cycling in total, starting from Hercules Den in Arbroath and cycling out to Tarfside, Glenesk and back, it’s a hilly route.
The lads are raising funds for Horseback UK, which has a base in Aboyne and assists service men and women in restoring confidence, self-respect and a sense of purpose to those who have life-changing injuries.
It acts as a bridge between the long months of medical treatment and therapy, and the next stage of life, whether it’s a return to the military or civilian life. It also teaches new skills and enables having a worthwhile future. Wullie and I are grateful for any donation you can make.
You can donate to the lads in person or donate via Allan’s PayPal page

League duty

AWF were on league duty Sunday past (7th August)

A few teams had called off due to being unable to field teams, notably Raith Rovers, who are serial title challengers.
The RPC was uncomfortably warm in the baking sun, and the ventilation proved inefficient.
Arbroath changed their approach to the first game due to being notoriously slow starters; a Wee Kick-about seemed to settle the team.
First up were Crieff Juniors; the starting team was Pete Bell in goals, Phil Skelly and Gogs Smith in defence, Al Durno and Kev Craib in midfield, with Steve Cargill up top. Ally Gordon, Wullie Craib, and Allan Harrison were the substitutes.
Skelly and Smith were resolute in defence, with Craib and Durno always looking to get the ball to striker Cargill. Cargill had a couple of range finders, and Arbroath looked most likely to score. After a fine through ball from Kev Craib, Cargill set himself up and completed the move by expertly dispatching the ball into the net to put Arbroath up 1-0. It was a very even contest, and Bell made a great save from a free kick as Arbroath deservedly won the game.

Next up was Arbroath coastal friends Carnoustie, and as both teams share a walking football session each Sunday, they started warily. Smith had a long-range effort that looked like a certain goal but crashed off the Carnoustie crossbar. Arbroath carved open a few chances, and Smith was very unfortunate again when he had a fine shot from the edge of the box, which beat the Carnoustie custodian, hit the inside of the far post but didn’t go in.
Gordon and Harrison came on for Cargill and Skelly, but neither team could find a winner in an entertaining game.

Next up was Dundee United, and they opened the scoring with a fine strike from their first attack to put them 1-0 up. Arbroath immediately responded when a fine team move saw Cargill square to Craib, who finished into the top corner to make it 1-1.
Within a minute, an identical move and combination saw Craib put Arbroath 2-1 up, Cargill unselfishly teeing up his teammate. Arbroath had the upper hand, and Smith quickly added a third to make it 3-1.
It was one-way traffic, and Smith thumped home a shot to make it 4-1, with Cargill providing again. Some fine build-up play saw Cargill square to Craib, who dispatched a blistering shot to make it 5-1 and complete his hat trick.
K. Craib was then subbed for Gordon, with Skelly and Durno making way for Wullie Craib and Hatchet Harrison. Arbroath continued to attack, and Harrison found Gordon, who slammed home to make it 6-1.
Arbroath was still playing attacking football, Cargill setting up Gordon to make it 7-1.
Arbroath showed ruthlessness, and the scorers were – K.Craib (3), A.Gordon (2) and G.Smith(2). It should be noted that Steve Cargill was the provider of 6 of the 7 goals to illustrate a different side to his game. Pete Bell only conceded 1 goal in 3 games and benefited from Smith and Skelly being solid in defence.
A fine day for the club, collecting 7 points from 9 and ensuring they are in contention at the top of the league.


Match report by A. Harrison