Ar­ran go six points clear af­ter tough This­tle tus­sle

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Ar­ran trav­elled to Kil­birnie’s Lade­side ground on Sun­day to play a chal­leng­ing game against un­de­feated Val­ley This­tle.

Al­though Ar­ran started well they seemed to lose the grip on the match af­ter five min­utes – a risk that man­ager Alan Murray was well aware of when an­nounc­ing an untested lineup – but which even­tu­ally paid div­i­dends.

A ball over the top saw This­tle go 1-0 up af­ter 20 min­utes which ap­peared to gal­va­nize the Ar­ran side, who came back strong.

A rejuvenated Ar­ran side then found them­selves up 2-1 at half time through a header from cap­tain Ryan Arm­strong af­ter good play from Chris ‘Bab­bies’ MacNeil and an­other goal for man-of-the-mo­ment Johnny Sloss, as­sisted by a good set up from in-form Nick Em­s­ley. Af­ter half time Ar­ran got off to a de­mor­al­is­ing start as This­tle quickly grabbed an equaliser. A change of tac­tics saw Ar­ran start to

con­trol the game and de­spite a few near misses from Sam Tat­ters­field and Nick Em­s­ley, su­per-sub Grant Adam­son was re­warded for his pa­tience with a last-minute win­ning goal, which sparked cel­e­bra­tions from the play­ers and crowd.

The re­sult now leaves Ar­ran six points clear at the top of the Ayr­shire Sun­day League al­though the teams be­low them have nu­mer­ous games in hand and man­ager Alan Murray is keen to stress that no-one is get­ting car­ried away.

On Sun­day an­other big home game awaits at Or­mi­dale Park as Ar­ran wel­come Irvine Vics, the only team to beat them in the league so far. A minute’s si­lence will be held in re­spect of Ar­mistice Day and kick off will be at the slightly ear­lier than usual time of 11.30am. Sup­port­ers are warmly wel­comed and al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated.

Pho­tos: Tam Bor­land

Grant Adam­son pow­ers the ball into the goal right in front of the This­tle goal­keeper.

Play­ers from both sides look on anx­iously dur­ing a This­tle at­tempt at goal.

Pho­tos: Tam Bor­land

A minute’s si­lence is held prior to the game in hon­our of a friend and col­league of the This­tle team.

Ryan Arm­strong faces a trio of challengers for the ball.

Ar­ran goal­keeper Stephen Judge throws him­self to the ground in an at­tempt to pre­vent a side­ward at­tack at goal.

Nick Em­s­ley nar­rowly misses scor­ing as the ball goes slightly wide.

Goal­keeper Stephen Judge in­ter­cepts a Val­ley This­tle at­tempt at goal.

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