Roselea back on top after Brechin Vics derby

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WITH the race for the North Division title hotting up and no less than eight of the 12 teams in with a chance of winning it, Roselea travelled to Victoria Park to face local rivals Brechin Vics on Saturday.

Just one point behind current leaders Downfield with a game in hand Roselea were without Whyte, Collier, Graham and Craig. Rae made the bench despite being injured and Page is still out longterm.

The opening five minutes were a bit sticky and it was Roselea who finally created something after five minutes. Strachan had an excellent tackle on Crowe before sending in a cross which was too close to Robbie in the Vics goal.

Joe Aitken sent Ryan Strachan down the wing in ten minutes and his deep cross was met by Watson at the back post but the big striker could not hit the target.

In 13 minutes Roselea had a free kick in a dangerous area after Urquhart was struck down, however, Colquhoun blasted over.

Vics had a couple of chances just before half time with a Ross header and a penalty claim turned down after a challenge on the same player. Referee McIllvenny was not interested and correctly awarded a corner.

Vics then had another couple of chances in stoppage time with Mcleod missing a corner claiming for a foul which was not given and Mcnaughton blasted over from close range.

Roselea started the second half brightly with their Managers words of wisdom still ringing in their ears and Mustard just failed to get a good connection on a great Strachan cross.

In 48 minutes Roselea got the all important first goal. A long ball from Reoch was flicked on by Watson and when Crowe missed the ball STRACHAN found himself in on goal and shot low and hard from 16 yards to give the visitors the lead.

Roselea increased their lead in 60 minutes when Aitken outstripped the Vics defence and cut across the last defender who could only trip him as he entered the box and a penalty was awarded. Craig WATSON stepped up a coolly finished sending Robbie the wrong way from the kick.

Brechin Vics had another half chance in 74 minutes when Mcnaughtons overhead kick went just wide of the post. Roselea made three subs as the game petered out with Hood on for Watson in 75, Reid replacing Strachan on 80 minutes and Riach on for Aitken in 85.

Roselea now head to Kirrie Thistle on Saturday, April 9 for their fourth away game on the trot. The remaining six games consist of three at home and three away.