Forfar West End took another step closer to securing promotion out of the McBookie East Region North Division with a well-deserved 1-0 victory over promotion rivals Newburgh JFC on Saturday.
Liam Godfrey’s first half strike was enough to extend West End’s terrific league run to 10 consecutive victories - a stretch of form that has thrilled manager Daryl McKenzie.
McKenzie told the Dispatch: “It was a very close, competitive game but I thought we more than deserved the victory. We had a large amount of chances and other than a corner that hit our crossbar, they never really threatened our goal across the 90 minutes. We should have won by more, we were always in control and I’m just delighted to keep the winning run going.”
The game started at a frantic pace with both teams flying out of the blocks but the visitors had to wait for half an hour before they went in front, Graeme Hart slotting a neat pass through for Godfrey who calmly slotted the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper.
The second half was a cagey affair with the Strathmore men very much in control, Johnstone not having a single save to make in the away goal.
West End could and should have added more as Reynolds, Hart and Pirie all went close - the latter crashing a drive off of the post.
Forfar were able to see the game out with ease and clinch all three points, and with Blairgowrie and Kennoway both losing West End are now three points clear in second place.
Next up for West End is a trip to face East Craigie tonight (Wednesday) before the side then finish their season on Saturday at home to Thornton Hibs, and maximum points from those two fixtures will guarantee Daryl’s side join Dundee North End in the East Region Premier League next season.
McKenzie added: “It’s all different permutations and other results could go our way but if we win our remaining two games, nobody can catch us and we’ll definitely be promoted. We’re really looking forward to the next two games. The momentum we’ve got from the last 10 games is brilliant, the boys are all really confident. We’re playing for each other and we’ve had a pretty settled squad the last few weeks which has really helped. We know how difficult the next two games will be but the confidence is definitely there in the players.”