Forfar go top of the table as derby rivals Brechin are put to sword

Picture credit Christopher Coutts.

Picture credit Christopher Coutts.

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A brace from Dale Hilson and Danny Denholm’s fifth of the season helped Forfar Athletic to a 3-1 derby win over Brechin City - and put them top of the pile in League One.

Denholm opened the scoring after 12 minutes before Hilson netted 20 minutes later.

City were back in the game at half time though when Colin Hamilton rounded off a lovely passing move, before Hilson won and converted a penalty at the end of a dogged second half.

And Hilson said the only thing that mattered was getting the three points from the derby clash.

He said: “It’s a local derby so the only thing that mattered was getting the three points. We’re top of the league now, it’s been a great start for us so hopefully it can continue. We’ll just take every game one at a time, that’s just the way it is. I don’t see us being far away.

“Last week was maybe playing on our minds slightly when they got the goal back but we’re always confident we’re going to go and score goals with the forward players we’ve got.

“The front four, Omar, Danny, Swanks and myself, we like to go and play and there are not many teams who are going to live with the four of us the way we’ve been playing.”

It was an unchanged side for the third week in a row and the Loons looked to make up for dropping points at Stirling last week with a frenzied start, Gavin Swankie having a shot pushed onto the post by Graeme Smith after five
minutes.

Darren Dods nodded wide from Stephen Husband’s corner before Forfar deservedly took the lead 12 minutes into the game, Omar Kader capitalising on poor defending to send a shot across the face of goal for Denholm to bundle home at the back post.

City almost equalised eight minutes later, former Loon Gary Fusco having a shot from the edge of the penalty area cleared off the line by Mark Baxter.

Swankie blasted over before at the other end, Alan Trouten lashed past Rab Douglas’s near post from close range.

Smith fumbled a Husband shot after excellent work by Kader again before the winger grabbed a second assist in the 34th minute - the wide man exchanged passes with Swankie and reached the byline before cutting it back for Hilson to stab home at the near post.

Brechin notched a goal back on the stroke of half time, Trouten setting up Hamilton who fired home from the edge of the box.

Brechin started off the better side in the second half, Paul McLean having a header come back off the post before Hamilton fired miles over.

Denholm sent a long range effort wide of the mark in one of Forfar’s rare chances in the first part of the second half.

Jackson headed wide on the hour mark before Trouten’s shot from a tight angle was blocked by the foot of Douglas.

Forfar were awarded a penalty in the 80th minute after Darren McCormack tripped Hilson as he prepared to shoot.

The striker then stepped up to fire the spot kick past Smith for his second of the game.

Forfar Athletic: Douglas, Baxter (Dale 46), Paterson, Malcolm, Dods, Husband, Kader, Young (Malin 81), Hilson, Swankie, Denholm (Templeman 85). Subs not used: Fotheringham, Keiller, McLellan, Salmon.

Brechin City: Smith, McCormack, Hamilton, McLean, DMcCormack, Fusco (McAusland 57), Trouten, Molloy (Thomson 64), Jackson, Masson, Barr. Subs not used: Jackson, McLauchlan, Ferguson, O’Neill, Tough.