Arbroath are top of Scottish League Two following a narrow victory over Albion Rovers.

After no goals in the first half, the hosts forced their way into the lead through Paul McManus.

Mark Whatley was the architect of the only goal, angling a pass into the area for McManus to shoot right-footed into the bottom right corner.

Gary Phillips and Gary Fisher had Rovers' best chances as they suffered a first league defeat of the season.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Arbroath

  • 01 Crawford
  • 02 Travis
  • 03 Whatley
  • 08 Hunter
  • 04 Nicoll Booked
  • 05 El-Zubaidi
  • 07 Linn
  • 06 Stewart
  • 10 Buchan (Murray - 85' )
  • 09 McManus
  • 11 McBride

Substitutes

  • 12 Murray
  • 14 Smith
  • 15 Fisher
  • 16 Scott
  • 17 Birse
  • 18 McWalter
  • 21 Morrison

Albion Rovers

  • 01 Parry
  • 02 Reid
  • 03 Turnbull
  • 04 Young
  • 05 Dunlop
  • 06 Maguire
  • 07 Mullin (Cusack - 72' )
  • 08 Fisher (Donnelly - 65' )
  • 10 McGuigan
  • 09 Gemmell
  • 11 Phillips (Love - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Pollock
  • 14 McKenzie
  • 15 Love
  • 16 Donnelly
  • 17 Hughes
  • 18 Cusack
  • 19 McNeil
Ref: Nick Walsh
Att: 598

Match Stats

Shots

10 9

On target

5 7

Corners

7 5

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Arbroath 1, Albion Rovers 0.

90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Arbroath 1, Albion Rovers 0.

90:00 +0:35

Foul by Michael Travis (Arbroath).

90:00 +0:35

Ciaran Donnelly (Albion Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:59 Booking

Booking Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card.

87:19

Attempt missed. Adam Hunter (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

86:48

Attempt saved. Ciaran Donnelly (Albion Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

84:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Simon Murray replaces Kevin Buchan.

78:02

Mark McGuigan (Albion Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:02

Foul by Keiran Stewart (Arbroath).

76:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Albion Rovers. Ally Love replaces Gary Phillips.

76:03

Attempt saved. Kevin Buchan (Arbroath) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

74:43

Paul McManus (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:43

Foul by Darren Young (Albion Rovers).

73:47

Keiran Stewart (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:47

Foul by Darren Young (Albion Rovers).

73:14

Attempt missed. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

71:46

Mark Whatley (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:46

Foul by Mark McGuigan (Albion Rovers).

71:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Albion Rovers. Liam Cusack replaces Josh Mullin.

70:45

Attempt missed. Adam Hunter (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

70:10

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Ross Dunlop.

69:33

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Martin Maguire.

68:48

Attempt missed. Gary Phillips (Albion Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

67:29

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Darren Young.

65:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arbroath 1, Albion Rovers 0. Paul McManus (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Whatley.

65:04

Foul by Ciaran Donnelly (Albion Rovers).

65:04

Kevin Buchan (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Albion Rovers. Ciaran Donnelly replaces Gary Fisher.

61:13

Attempt missed. Gary Phillips (Albion Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

59:31

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Neil Parry.

59:14

Attempt saved. Paul McManus (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

58:49

Foul by Gary Fisher (Albion Rovers).

58:49

Bobby Linn (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:59

Attempt missed. Paul McManus (Arbroath) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

53:59

Bobby Linn (Arbroath) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the right side of the box.

52:06

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Gary Phillips.

48:27

Attempt saved. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

46:39

Ross Dunlop (Albion Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:39

Foul by Kevin Buchan (Arbroath).

45:00

Second Half begins Arbroath 0, Albion Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Arbroath 0, Albion Rovers 0.

43:24

Attempt saved. John Gemmell (Albion Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

43:00

Alan Reid (Albion Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:59

Foul by Paul McManus (Arbroath).

42:16

Darren Young (Albion Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:16

Foul by Bobby Linn (Arbroath).

40:40

Attempt saved. Gary Fisher (Albion Rovers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

40:05

Darren Young (Albion Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:05

Foul by Kevin Buchan (Arbroath).

39:35

Corner, Albion Rovers. Conceded by Ali El-Zubaidi.

39:07

Corner, Albion Rovers. Conceded by Mark Whatley.

37:55

Corner, Albion Rovers. Conceded by David Crawford.

37:26

Attempt saved. Gary Fisher (Albion Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

33:59

Attempt saved. Gary Fisher (Albion Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

33:00

Kevin Buchan (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:58

Foul by Ross Dunlop (Albion Rovers).

31:14

Corner, Albion Rovers. Conceded by Keiran Stewart.

30:12

John Gemmell (Albion Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:12

Foul by Adam Hunter (Arbroath).

26:51

Corner, Albion Rovers. Conceded by Keiran Stewart.

21:34

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Kyle Turnbull.

21:00

Gary Fisher (Albion Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:55

Foul by Bobby Linn (Arbroath).

20:02

Foul by Darren Young (Albion Rovers).

20:02

Keiran Stewart (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:30

Foul by Bobby Linn (Arbroath).

19:30

Kyle Turnbull (Albion Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:44

Attempt saved. Gary Phillips (Albion Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

12:06

Foul by Bobby Linn (Arbroath).

12:06

Kyle Turnbull (Albion Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:43

Attempt saved. John Gemmell (Albion Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

10:07

Attempt saved. Kevin Buchan (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

8:41

Adam Hunter (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:41

Foul by Gary Fisher (Albion Rovers).

1:47

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Alan Reid.

1:01

Paul McManus (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:01

Foul by Martin Maguire (Albion Rovers).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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