Torphins find the spark against West End

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Aulton was a very dull windy miserable place compared to the rest of the North-east, due to the harr off the sea, and the game of football that took place was just as dire. Pele returned to the side-line, and Torphins fielded the same 11 from the week before.

The first 20 minutes passed without incident, with the ball being out of play more than in. The referee was being very strict and did not allow play to flow at all.

Ewen picked up a yellow card, for retaliating after a nasty foul on the winger by a West End player.

Torphins won a string of corners but failed to capitalise. Geddes swung in a long curling free kick that Travers was agonisingly close to getting on the end of, but at full stretch, the ball went out for a goal kick.

West End had the ball in the net on the half hour mark, but the striker was 5 yards offside and the goal was chalked off.

On 35 minutes Torphins should have opened the scoring. Wright cleared from the back and D Cruickshank played Brown through one-on-one. The striker’s shot was blocked by the goalkeeper, and how he missed the rebound only he will know.

However shortly after the Phins were in front. Gilbert did brilliantly to beat his man on the wing and fired a ball across the box. It missed everyone and D Cruickshank collected on the other side of the penalty area. He drilled the ball back across and GILBERT slammed the ball in the net under pressure from a defender.

Ewen should have made it two on 40 minutes. The goalkeeper dropped a shot and Ewen somehow blasted it over from six yards.

On the stroke of half time, Torphins did double their lead. A D Cruickshank corner from the right, and with the ball hanging up in the air, allowed full back WRIGHT to head home an unmarked goal, for his third of the season.

The second half continued more or less like the first but Torphins had to defend a little more.

The referee was still stopping the game every two minutes for every little thing which affected the flow of the game.

Geddes was called into action on 50 minutes when he had to get a strong hand to push the ball over the bar from a ferocious free kick.

The visiting defence held firm but when West End finally scored, there was a strong hint of offside.

A ball played over the top put the left winger through and as the offside shouts were waved away, the winger delicately lobbed the on rushing Geddes.

The town side were soon deflated once again as Torphins regained their two goal advantage.

Mitchell was bundled down on the edge of the 18 yard box and was awarded a free kick. The unusually quiet Travers took the set piece and when the ball took a deflection off the West End wall, BROWN raced in to volley the ball into the roof of the net.

Ewen was replaced by Allardyce before D Cruickshank had a low drive saved by the West End goal keeper.

Gilbert was replaced by Smith and D Cruickshank was also replaced by his brother I Cruickshank.

Allan and Johnstone had been having another rock solid performance in the back of defence but just as the final whistle was about to go, Allan managed to head into his own net from a West End free kick.

However there was no more time for a leveller, as the final whistle went, after the restart. Torphins continued their six game unbeaten run which took them up to eighth place in Division Two (East), well away from any relegation trouble.

This Saturday the Phins face a tough task as they travel to take on league leaders Hazlehead United.

Torphins: Geddes, Kellas, Johnstone, Wright, Allan, D Cruickshank, Mitchell, Travers, Ewen, Gilbert, Brown. Substitutes: Smith, I Cruickshank, Allardyce.