Annan Athletic 2
Arbroath 5
Scottish League (League Two)


2 - 5


Scottish League (League Two)
Saturday, April 1st, 2017
Attendance: 456
3:00 PM Kick-off

Peter Weatherson (14)
Jordan Stewart (24)
Ryan McCord (2)
Steven Doris (42)
Steven Doris (60)
Bryan Prunty (74)
Steven Doris (90)

Team Managers
Jim Chapman Dick Campbell

Starting Eleven
Blair Currie
Jean Guy Lucas
Jordan Stewart
Raffi Krissian
Steven Swinglehurst
Gavin Skelton
Max Wright
Darren Ramsay
Peter Weatherson
Aidan Smith
Nathan Flanagan
Ricky Gomes
Ricky Little
Colin Hamilton
Bryan Hodge
Omar Kader
Mark Whatley
David Gold
Ryan McCord
Bryan Prunty
Steven Doris
Bobby Linn

Alex Mitchell
Barry Cuddihy
Callum Home
Smart Osadolor
Tom Fry
Stephen Bronsky
Rab Douglas
Matty Smyth
Jassem Sukar
Donald McCallum
Eddie Ferns
Martin Scott
Kane Hester

Tom Fry for Nathan Flanagan (65)
Smart Osadolor for Darren Ramsay (75)
Callum Home for Jean Guy Lucas (75)
Jassem Sukar for Bryan Hodge (78)
Donald McCallum for Bryan Prunty (82)
Eddie Ferns for Bobby Linn (82)

Darren Ramsay (45) Bryan Prunty (75)
Eddie Ferns (78)
Ricky Gomes (90)

Red Cards
Steven Swinglehurst (2) None.

Match Officials

Craig Charleston (Referee)
Garry Hilland & Ross Anderson (Assistants)

Photography by Graham Black

Match Report

Steven Doris believes on-song Arbroath can finally edge ahead of long-time leaders Forfar this weekend.

The Loons have led the way all season and were 11 points ahead of the Red Lichties after winning at Gayfield just two months ago.

But Arbroath have roared back into contention and Saturday’s comprehensive win at 10-man Annan ensures they will head to Station Park just a point off the pace and within striking distance.

Doris, who bagged a hat-trick at Galabank, said: “The Forfar game is massive now.

“It’s been looking like a big game for a while now and we’re looking forward to it.

“It’s a local derby and we’re the two top teams in the league.

“There’s been nothing between the teams in the games we’ve played already so it should be a great game.

“I think we’ve definitely put pressure on Forfar. They had a fantastic run at the start of the season and opened up a big gap.

“But we’re hopeful that we’re putting our run together at the right time.

“They’ve been up there all season and full credit to them for that, but hopefully we can beat them on Saturday and finally get ahead of them.”

Annan had Steven Swinglehurst controversially sent off for a tackle on Ross McCord in the first minute, and the Arbroath midfielder picked himself up to net from the resulting free kick.

The 10-man hosts hit back to lead through Peter Weatherson and Jordan Stewart.

But Doris’s hat-trick of headers and a strike from Bryan Prunty secured an emphatic victory.

Doris added: “Sometimes you’ve just got to be in the right place at the right time.

“My goals were all about the deliveries.

“It’s my first hat-trick in five years, so I’m delighted with that, especially at this stage in the season.

“I had a sticky start to the season personally, but the manager kept faith with me and I’m repaying him now.

“There’s nothing better than scoring goals in a team going for a title. That’s what you play football for.”

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at April 1st, 2017)

2016-17 All Time
Ricky Gomes (GK)23 27 - 27 -
Bryan Hodge29 10 - 10 -
Colin Hamilton24 3941157
Ricky Little27 3531196
Ryan McCord28 348348
David Gold24 341653
Mark Whatley26 3821206
Omar Kader30 386386
Bobby Linn31 39616339
Steven Doris28 401519977
Bryan Prunty33 312312
Jassem Sukar (sub)20 26 - 26 -
Eddie Ferns (sub)25 101101
Donald McCallum (sub)20 5 - 5 -

League Table (as at April 1st, 2017)

No league table has been added for this season.