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Arbroath 4 – 0 Clyde; 12th November 2016

Arbroath 4 - 0 Clyde
12 Nov 2016 - 15:00Gayfield Park

Arbroath 4-0 Clyde

                                                                     B.Linn (30)

                                                                     M.Scott (70 & 72)

                                                                     R.McCord (86)

Rampant Arbroath outclass lacklustre Clyde

Match Report by Theo Kyriacou

Arbroath put in an outstanding performance to beat Clyde 4-0 thanks to goals from Linn, two from Scott and a moment of magic from McCord. The result means that Arbroath leapfrog Clyde and go into third place in the Ladbrokes SPFL League 2 table, level on points with second place Elgin, but have a game in hand. It was a fantastic performance by Dick Campbell’s men today and it was arguably not just the best performance of the season but one of the best Arbroath performances in recent times.

Campbell named an unchanged side from the 2-1 win away at Annan Athletic last week for today’s game against Clyde. Gomes was in goal. The back four was made up of Gold at right-back, Sukar at left-back and the solid pairing of Hamilton and Little at Centre-back. In midfield, McCord played alongside Whatley and Kader and Linn were on the right and left wings respectively. Up front, Prunty partnered Scott.

Arbroath named seven substitutes: Josh Skelly, Liam Callaghan, Gary Phillips, Gavin Malin, Steven Doris, Josh Thomson and Ryan Stewart.

First Half

Arbroath started the brighter of the two sides and after three minutes McCord saw his volley fly just over the bar.

Clyde gradually started to get a foothold on the game. Tiffoney, Clyde’s best player the whole game, beat his man and fired a shot towards goal but it was easily saved by Gomes.

However, Arbroath seemed to up the tempo after this and began to take control of the game. Sukar’s throw-in fell nicely to Scott who, on the volley, did well to keep it down but it was an easy save for Gibson. Kader then did brilliantly down the right side as he nutmegged his man but sadly, as is often the case with Kader, his end product was poor and from a promising position he failed to pick out an Arbroath player in the box and the ball was subsequently cleared by Clyde’s defence.

It was only a matter of time before Arbroath took the lead and that’s exactly what happened in the thirtieth minute. Scott did really well to control a pass and hold it up. He turned Smith and played the ball to Linn out wide. Linn cut outside onto his left foot and shot the ball into the far right corner to give Arbroath a deserved 1-0 lead.

Half Time – Arbroath 1-0 Clyde

Arbroath started the second half by making a substitution as Doris came on in place of Prunty.

Doris has an immediate effect on the game. He won a corner which was taken by McCord. McCord’s corner was met by Little but sadly his header was a weak one and was cleared. Linn then had a shot easily saved by Gibson.

Looking at the score line it may be easy to think that Clyde weren’t in the game at all. However, they spurned a glorious chance to equalise in the fifty-eighth minute. Linton clipped a ball into the penalty area but from six yards out Gormley, who was unmarked, managed to poke the ball wide of the goal. Gormley went with his right foot. If he had of gone with his left it would’ve been a certain goal and Clyde would’ve been right back in the match. That was to be Gormley’s last contribution to the game as he came off in the place of Miller.

Clyde though were beginning to create chances and put pressure on Arbroath. After patient play by Clyde, the ball came to Linton who wastefully fired a shot over the crossbar.

However, slightly against the run of play, Arbroath had a great chance of their own. Whatley faked his man and hit a shot which seemed destined to sail into the back of the net. However, Gibson made a great save to deny Whatley from putting Arbroath two goals up.

Clyde made another substitution as, rather surprisingly, Ferguson came on in place of Tiffoney, who had been a threat all game to Arbroath on the right wing.

However, just as we saw with Scotland last night, if you don’t take your chances it can cost you dearly and that is exactly what happened to Clyde as Arbroath and Scott scored two goals in as many minutes. Doris did well to slip the ball into McCord in the middle of the park. McCord looked up and played the ball to Scott, who was standing inside the eighteen yard box. Scott slotted the ball home to make it 2-0. It got even better for Scott, as two minutes later; he scored his second goal of the game. Linn beat Johnston and fired a great cross across the goalmouth. The ball came all the way to the back post, where the unmarked Scott was standing, and he swept the ball into the back of the net to give Arbroath a 3-0 lead and to all-but seal the points.

Flynn replaced MacDonald for Clyde.

Clyde only have themselves to blame for not scoring a goal today as once again they missed a glorious chance. Linton once again clipped a ball into the penalty area. Higgins gambled and found himself unmarked in the centre of the penalty box. All Higgins needed to do was put it either side of Gomes and he would’ve scored. However, Higgins headed it straight into the arms of the keeper and spurned another great chance for the visitors.

Arbroath made two substitutions as Skelly and Malin came on in place of the goal scorers Linn and Scott.

Josh Skelly is an extremely promising young player with an abundance of skills and he more than showed some of them today. In a seemingly impossible position, he managed to showcase his fast feet, by beating two players but firing his shot just wide of the goal. Although Skelly should’ve hit the target, you couldn’t help but be impressed by that bit of skill there.

There was still however, time for Arbroath to score another goal and what a sublime goal it was. Malin did brilliantly to wriggle away from two players and play the ball to McCord, who was standing on the edge of the area. McCord spotted that Gibson was a little off his line and quite superbly dinked the ball over him to cap off a brilliant performance and result for Arbroath.

Full Time – Arbroath 4-0 Clyde

It was a fantastic team display by Arbroath today and it highlighted the brilliant job that Dick Campbell and his coaching staff are doing at Arbroath. The team seems to be improving game after game which is great to see. Another positive of today’s game was the fact that it was quite plain to see the fact that Arbroath’s centre-back pairing of Hamilton and Little are a rock solid pairing and a major asset to the Red Lichties. Arbroath laid down a real marker today by beating one of the division’s in-form sides handsomely to record back to back wins in the league.

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