Arbroath 0 Dunfermline 0Wednesday, 4th Mar 2020
Ladbrokes Championship: three changes as Kevin Nisbet, Aaron Comrie and Ethan Ross dropped out. In came Gabby McGill, Lewis Martin and Joe Thomson
Dunfermline travelled to the Angus coast for this Wednesday evening league match against Dick Campbell’s Arbroath hoping to avenge the 1-0 defeat in August. A win for either side would take them into fourth place, level on points with Dundee.
Stevie Crawford made three changes to the starting eleven against Dundee United on the previous Saturday. Kevin Nisbet (ankle) and Aaron Comrie (back) were out injured and Joe Thomson was preferred to Ethan Ross who dropped to the bench. Replacing the injured players were Gabby McGill and Lewis Martin.
Arbroath were unchanged from the side that defeated Queen of the South and it was Craig Wighton who kicked off for the home side playing south to north. It was Arbroath who created the first chance of the evening when in fifth minute Dale Hilson teed up David Gold for a shot from the edge of the box that sailed well wide right.
The home side forced two corners both from the left. Gavin Swankie found Ricky Little with the first and Owain Fon Williams had to save that. From the second the keeper fisted away, Lee Ashcroft headed on and Martin cleared.
Two long throw ins from Miko Virtanen created danger in the Pars box but the defence did its job. Then McGill won a 12th minute free kick that Dom Thomas drove into the Arbroath wall. A further two Swankie corners followed that were eventually cleared by Ashcroft.
Thomas made a break down the right but his cross was beaten back out as fast as it came in. Back at the other end Jason Thomson dropped a cross in from the right that Williams held.
The match had started at a frantic pace but as it entered its second quarter it settled down and Dunfermline were able to take the game further up the field. Several fouls disrupted play and there was a distinct lack of goalmouth activity.
Arbroath were literally handed a 37th minute free kick when the ball ran down Ashcroft’s arm 26 yards out. Hilson took responsibility and fired a swirling effort over the defensive wall and the crossbar.
Two minutes later after Martin was blocked by Hamilton, Thomas fired a free kick into the Arbroath box but that was booted away. The home side made a push before the break with a Thomson shot low to the near post turned away by Williams for a corner and then Thomson getting his head to Hamilton’s delivery from the right but his aim was wide.
Half time: Arbroath 0 Dunfermline 0
Arbroath picked up from where they had left things off and did not let the Fifers settle on the ball. In 50 minutes Mark Whatley smashed a shot from 25 yards narrowly wide and within the same minute Joe Thomson was unlucky to have a defender cut out Jon Afolabi’s cross from the right side of the opposition penalty box.
Three minutes later the best chance so far came from Euan Murray’s cross but unfortunately when McGill rose and headed on target but the ball went straight into the hands of Derek Gaston.
Next Afolabi tormented the home defence on the left side of the box but it was a cross in from Martin on the right that required a telling clearance in the six yard box.
Paton cleared a dangerous looking cross from Thomson and when McGill headed on to send Thomas through there was an expectation but his cross was cut out before it could find Afolabi. Lewis McCann then replaced Gabby McGill and Dick Campbell introduced Bobby Linn for Gavin Swankie on 65 minutes.
McCann was penalised as he tracked back for his challenge on Wighton and that gave Linn the opportunity from a free kick 28 yards out on the right of middle. The substitute crashed his effort into the Pars wall.
Thomas broke fast and Arbroath were almost caught out on the counterattack but Gaston held the on loan Kilmarnock players cross. Ethan Ross then came on for Joe Thomson and Thomas switched to operate on the right. Arbroath’s sub was former Pars man James Craigen with twelve minutes remaining.
Thomas created problems from the right, firstly picking out McCann whose header went wide and then sending in a free kick that Gaston held. There were further efforts from both Afolabi and McCann before the home side ended with a final assault on the Fifers box.
Amongst it all Ashcroft had to retire through injury and Afolabi collected a yellow card for his challenge on Virtanen where the Pars player appeared to come off worst.
In 90th minute Paton did really well to block a fierce Hilson shot and then Turner turned away a Craigen cross. It was to end without a goal scored by either side and one point each possibly a fair result. The point raised both teams above Morton who have the same points but an inferior goal difference.
Next month will see the celebration of 700 years since the Declaration of Arbroath but for now both Stevie Crawford and Dick Campbell appeared happy to celebrate their one point.
SUBS NOT USED: James Murphy, Scott Stewart, Omar Kader, Darren Jamieson (GK).
YELLOW CARD: Little (70)
DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams: Lewis Martin, Lee Ashcroft (Josh Edwards 89), Danny Devine, Euan Murray: Joe Thomson (Ethan Ross 77), Paul Paton (c), Kyle Turner, Dom Thomas: Gabby McGill (Lewis McCann 64), Jonathan Afolabi.
SUBS NOT USED: Tom Beadling, Matthew Todd, Miller Fenton, Cammy Gill (GK)
YELLOW CARD: Thomas (16), Afolabi (90)
REFEREE: John McKendrick
WEATHER: Clear 4°C
NEXT MATCH: Ladbrokes Championship (home) v Queen of the South, Saturday 7th March 2020, kick off 3.00pm at East End Park
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Ladbrokes Championship: (away) Wednesday 4th March 2020, 7.45pm kick off at Gayfield
The Pars will want to make amends for their defeat there earlier in the season when they return to Gayfield. The sides sit equal on 34 points, the Fifers with a better goal difference but having played one more match. Dunfermline might have felt lacking in action since 1st February but Dick Campbell’s team have played one less game than their visitors in February.
Since the mid eighties Dunfermline and Arbroath have only played in the same league once. That was in League One in season 2013-2014 and that brought about three Dunfermline wins and one Arbroath. Arbroath won the first Championship meeting in August but that was their first home win over Dunfermline since January 1984.
Milestones Arbroath (away)
Last League Victory | 26/04/14 | 2-1 | League One
Last League Defeat | 31/08/19 | 1-0 | Championship
Best League Victory | 14/09/57 | 5-0 | Division Two
09/08/52 | 5-0 | League Cup
Worst League Defeat | 03/10/25 | 0-5 | Division Two
| 23/01/54 | 0-5 | Division B
Last Goalless Draw | 22/03/86 | 0-0 | Second Division
First League Meeting | 04/02/22 | 0-0| Division Two
Last Meeting at Gayfield
Arbroath 1 Dunfermline 0
Ladbrokes Championship, Saturday 31 August 2019
It was a very windy afternoon in Arbroath for the Pars first league match at Gayfield for five years. The teams changed ends after the toss and it was the home side who were to play into the wind in the first half.
Goalless at the break Luke Donnelly replaced the already yellow carded, Greig Spence upfront for Arbroath before the second 45 got going. The sub was to make an immediate impact finding the net after five minutes with his first significant touch of his game. The goal came from a break out of his own half by Bobby Linn and his pass to DONNELLY on the right allowed the sub to coolly net with a low shot to the near post from 20 yards. 1-0
Really Dunfermline did not test the Arbroath defence nearly enough, they did not capitalise on the strong first half wind on their backs and they only managed two shots on target, both from Turner that were easily kept out by Jamieson.
ARBROATH: Darren Jamieson: Jason Thomson, Ricky Little, Thomas O`Brien, Colin Hamilton: David Gold (Josh Campbell 78), James Murphy, Mark Whatley (c), Michael McKenna, Bobby Linn (Omar Kader 90), Greig Spence (Luke Donnelly HT).
SUBS NOT USED: Steven Doris, Robert Wilson, Ben Stirling, Derek Gaston (GK).
DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft, Danny Devine, Lewis Martin: Josh Coley (Harry Cochrane 65), Paul Paton (c), Tom Beadling (Gabby McGill 76), Lewis McCann (Andy Ryan 83): Kyle Turner: Kevin Nisbet, .
SUBS NOT USED: Stuart Morrison, Matthew Todd, Josh Edwards, Cammy Gill (GK)
Twelve Most Recent Meetings
The Fifers have won ten of the last twelve fixtures, Arbroath the other two including the last one earlier this season at Arbroath.
29/10/19 | Dunfermline 2 Arbroath 0 | Championship
31/08/19 | Arbroath 1-0 Dunfermline | Championship
15/08/17 | Dunfermline 2-0 Arbroath | Challenge Cup
19/07/16 | Dunfermline 3-0 Arbroath | League Cup
25/07/15 | Arbroath 1-4 Dunfermline | Challenge Cup
26/04/14 | Arbroath 1-2 Dunfermline | League One
25/02/14 | Dunfermline 3-0 Arbroath | League One
21/12/13 | Arbroath 0-3 Dunfermline | League One
17/08/13 | Dunfermline 2-3 Arbroath | League One
31/07/10 | Dunfermline 5-2 Arbroath | League Cup
24/07/10 | Dunfermline 1-0 Arbroath | Challenge Cup
25/07/09 | Dunfermline 2-1 Arbroath | Challenge Cup
22/04/86 | Dunfermline 2-0 Arbroath | Second Division
Form Last Six Matches
Dunfermline have won three of their last six matches and away from home have won three of their last nine games.
Arbroath were knocked out of the William Hill Scottish Cup at Falkirk but they have won four of their last six league games including an impressive result from Tannadice.
Dundee United (H) W 2-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) L 1-2
Queen of the South (A) W 3-2
Dundee (H) W 2-0
Morton (A) L 2-3
Ayr United (H) L 0-1
Queen of the South (H) W 2-0
Dundee United (A) W 1-0
Falkirk (A) L 0-2
Partick Thistle (H) 2-1
Alloa Athletic (A) L 0-2
Falkirk (H) D 0-0
Current League Stats
League Position: 6th
League Points: 34
Goal Difference: +5
League Record: P25 W10 D4 L10 GF39 GA34
Away League Record: P11 W3 D2 L6 GF15 GA18
Last Six League Match Form: LLWWLW
League Position: 7th
League Points: 34
Goal Difference: +2
League Record: P24 W10 D4 L10 GF23 GA25
Home League Record: P12 W6 D3 L3 GF14 GA10
Last Six League Match Form: WLLWWW
Teams last time out
DUNFERMLINE (v Dundee United): Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie (Lewis Martin 16), Lee Ashcroft, Danny Devine, Euan Murray: Dom Thomas, Paul Paton (c), Kyle Turner, Ethan Ross (Joe Thomson 67): Jonathan Afolabi: Kevin Nisbet (Tom Beadling 76).
SUBS NOT USED: Josh Edwards, Matthew Todd, Lewis McCann, Cammy Gill (GK)
ARBROATH (v Queen of the South): Derek Gaston: Jason Thomson, Rikki Little, Thomas O’Brien, Colin Hamilton: Mike Virtanen: David Gold (James Craigen 53), Mark Whatley (James Murphy 85), Gavin Swankie (Scott Stewart 70): Dale Hilson: Craig Wighton
SUBS NOT USED: Omar Kader, Bobby Linn, Luke Donnelly, Darren Jamieson (GK).
Referee for the match on Wednesday night will be as at East End Park in October, John McKendrick.
Other Championship Fixtures this midweek
Ayr United v Dundee United (Tuesday) 0-0
Dundee v Alloa Athletic (Tuesday) 0-0
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Greenock Morton (Tuesday) 3-2
Partick Thistle v Queen of the South (Tuesday) 0-0
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