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    Matchday 11

     

    A busy night of Championship Football has Arbroath heading North to the Caledonian Stadium for a 7:45 kick-off on Tuesday night. The Smokies sit seven points behind the league leaders in fifth place despite being the second highest scorers in the Championship, but four draws and two defeats have held them back slightly.

    The first game this season at Gayfield ended in a scarcely deserved away win thanks to a neat dinked finish from Shane Sutherland as he bore down on Gaston in the Arbroath goal. 

     

    Dinky Shane

    Matchday Info - Tickets - Streaming

     

    Venue - Head 2 Head Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
    Home 19 15 2 2 53 17 +36
    Away 18 9 3 6 26 22 +4
    Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Total 37 24 5 8 79 39 +40
    First Competitive Meeting
    Aug 13th, 1994 League ((Div 3)) (H) 5 - 2
    Most Recent Competitive Meeting
    Jul 31st, 2021 League (Championship) (A) 1 - 0
    Last 10 Competitive Meetings
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    1 - 0
    (A)
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    1 - 0
    (H)
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    1 - 1
    (A)
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    3 - 1
    (H)
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    0 - 1
    (H)
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    0 - 3
    (A)
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    2 - 1
    (H)
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    0 - 3
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    7 - 0
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    2 - 0
    (A)
    Biggest Victories
    Jul 30th, 2016 League Cup (Group C) (H) 7 - 0
    Heaviest Defeats
    Nov 9th, 2019 League (A) 0 - 3
    Aug 2nd, 2016 Challenge Cup (Under 20s) (H) 0 - 3
    Highest Attendance
    Aug 10th, 2019 League (H) 2,298
    Highest Home Attendance
    Aug 10th, 2019 League (H) 2,298

    The stats for this home fixture lie heavily in our favour with 15 wins from 19 fixtures and only 2 defeats. However, those defeats have come recently and we lost this one 0 - 1 in December 2019 when Luke Donnelly scored the only goal in December 2019. Fortunately, we won both home fixtures last season, but we seem to have difficulty breaking Arbroath down and end up clinging on somewhat. Changed days from the 7-0 results of yore.

        Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
    1. Inverness CT 10 7 2 1 13 5 8 23
    2. Kilmarnock 10 6 2 2 13 7 6 20
    3. Raith Rovers 10 5 3 2 17 12 5 18
    4. Partick Thistle 10 5 1 4 23 14 9 16
    5. Arbroath 10 4 4 2 18 9 9 16
    6. Ayr United 10 3 3 4 10 14 -4 12
    7. Queen of the South 10 3 1 6 10 14 -4 10
    8. Hamilton Academical 10 2 2 6 10 23 -13 8
    9. Morton 10 1 4 5 7 14 -7 7
    10. Dunfermline 10 0 6 4 6 15 -9 6

    Despite those defeats for Arbroath, it's still been a successful season so far and Dick Campbell can be pleased with his part time sides progress. The two losses were against Inverness & Raith Rovers which tells you all you need to know about their resilience.

    Fixtures on Tuesday night

    Morton 19:30 Partick Th

    Ayr United 19:45 Kilmarnock

    Dunfermline 19:45 Raith Rovers

    Hamilton Accies 19:45 Queen of the Sth

    Inverness CT 19:45 Arbroath FC

    On Saturday we face a tough trip to Partick

    Last time out

    We laboured for a point against ten man Raith Rovers. Aidan Connolly had given Raith the lead but Sean Welsh drove through a ruck of players from just outside the box to earn the point. Disappointing given Raith played the whole of the second half with ten men and also had to replace to important players through injury. However, a point would have been acceptable before the game and no major damage to our title aspirations with Killie the only ones to close the gap.

    Here's the goals from Starks Park

      

    Arbroath had to settle for a draw at the weekend as Ayr United came from behind to get their point in a close encounter. Form player Michael McKenna opened the scoring ten minutes into the second half only for Jonathan Afolabi to level ten minutes before the end. No wins in the last four for Arbroath.

    Latest Team News

    Billy Dodds has been without David Carson for a few weeks through injury now and he has been on compassionate leave for a couple of weeks now. Cammy Harper missed out against Raith Rovers with a groin injury. As usual, little info filtering through regards injuries and availability.

    Dick Campbell has been without Nicky Low and it's unlikely he will make this game. Joel Nouble was a big nuisance in the first game with his robust style and will be a danger. At over 6ft 3in he will be a problem for most defences. He was named as Cinch Championship player of the Month for September and has scored four goals in ten games.

     

    Here's Bazza

     

    May be an image of text that says "SCOTTISH CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW WILL PLAY MORTON CERNEN ------ Fር 18 Inverness aledonian Thistle INVERNESS CALEDONIAN THISTLE 74 GREENOCK MORTON SCOTTISH CUP ORIGINAL MOMENTS. UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES. 1873"The Caley Jags will face Morton at home in the Third Round of the Scottish Cup

    Third Round Ties to take place weekend of November 27th

    Unfortunately it's a bit of a damp squib for those looking to visit new grounds. I suspect the Morton fans will be even less enthusiastic given the tie will be played in the Highlands.

    However, it's a great opportunity to progress into the hat for the 4th round draw, alas, Morton will feel the same.

     

     

     

     

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