Gaffer Milne thrilled as Albion collect first win of the season

Forfar Albion.
Forfar Albion.

Forfar Albion picked up their first win of the season on Saturday with a deserved 4-2 win at high-flying Newburgh.

Player-manager Steven Milne scored a hat-trick while Watson was also on the scoresheet.

And the gaffer was delighted to finally see his side taste victory after the amount of work gone into improving the Guthrie Park club.

He said: “I’m delighted, obviously it’s been a long time coming. We’ve been struggling to get any kind of points on the board. I’ve brought in a few players and they’re making a difference.

“It’s good to get a couple of good results and to clarify that we are doing the right thing, we are getting there and there is progress being made. The score told the story I think, I don’t think our goalie had a save to make although we did concede the two goals. We deserved to win. We’re scoring goals at the moment which is good and I’ve changed the system which is helping a bit too. The boys have taken to it really well, they’ve embraced it.”

“I think people are starting to see what we’re trying to do, we’ve brought in some quality players that are helping the guys out and the boys that were here already, there were six or seven of them playing on Saturday so it’s not like we’re changing the whole team.”

Newburgh made the breakthrough in the 30th minute when McAdam smashed the Fife outfit ahead but Milne levelled 12 minutes later, finishing off a diagonal ball with a calm finish.

He made it two just after the break with a stunning volley from 12 yards.

It was 2-2 when Elder flicked the ball into the net after a cross but Watson restored Albion’s lead with a good effort.

Milne ensured the points with just five minutes remaining.

Kirrie Thistle’s win last week counted for nothing when they returned to league business against a youthful Kirkcaldy YM and threw away a two goal lead to draw 2-2.

Kirkcaldy were down to 10 men after an off the ball challenge on George before their goalkeeper Adamson made a string of excellent stops. George opened the scoring with an excellent half volley. McBride made it two after the break with a flicked effort. Brown pulled one back from a free kick though before Ormiston headed Kirkcaldy level.

Forfar West End were involved in the craziest game of their season, a 4-4 draw with Oakley United.

Oakley were ahead early doors before Graeme Hart scored a hat-trick to put Forfar 3-1 up - his eighth goal in four games and 13th so far. Oakley scored two quick goals for 3-3 before Matthew Ramsay made it 4-3. Oakley levelled for the last time in the last minute with a header from a corner.

Lowson United lost 3-1 at home to Bridge of Earn in the Scottish Cup replay. Shaun Ritchie was the only scorer for the hosts.

This week, Forfar West End host league leaders Dundonald Bluebell, Kirrie Thistle host Blairgowrie while Forfar Albion have a free weekend.