Goal glut in derby draw

Picture credit Christopher Coutts.
Picture credit Christopher Coutts.

Defender Aaron James was disappointed that Forfar Athletic were unable to take all three points from the derby at Brechin City on Saturday.

Robert Thompson and Bobby Barr had given the hosts a 2-0 lead but strikes from Omar Kader, Gavin Swankie and Chris Templeman looked to have ensured the win for the then-league leaders.

But there was a late twist in the tale of this brilliant derby game as Alan Trouten made sure the spoils were shared, and James admitted the draw was the fair result over the piece.

He said: “Having got 3-2 up it’s disappointing not to see the game out to be honest but it’s a good result overall.

“We did brilliantly to get back into the game. We were disappointed with how we played in the first half but we showed great character to get back. We’ve got quality in the team and we showed that second half, we applied ourselves much better.”

“It was a poor start from us, we didn’t start the game very well at all. We were pushed onto the back foot right away and we conceded two bad goals, I got done for the first one and the boy’s hit a good one for the second. After the first half we’d have bitten your hand off for a point. But they’re great goals we’ve scored - we were determined to get back into the game. We were top of the league and we weren’t there for no reason.”

James was making his first appearance for several weeks after sustaining a horrible facial injury against Ayr United at the end of August.

The versatile defender was delighted to be back on the park after that lengthy absence.

He continued: “It’s great to be back, I spent a couple of months out of the team watching the boys so it’s good to be playing again. I feel a bit rusty, I’ve not played any football really at all. I had an U20s bounce game the other week but that’s been it. But I’m glad to be back involved and hopefully I can start contributing to the team.

“I’ve had my jaw wired to keep my teeth in place. I’ve only just had that off and now I have to play with a gum shield for protection. I’ve kept myself ticking over, I’ve been itching to get out there but with any sort of knock I could have lost my teeth. It’s great to be back and I just need to get my sharpness back.

“The timing’s good I think with Paterson getting sent off and Steeves going out on loan, it’s worked out well for the team.”