Brechin 1-1 Arbroath

Paul McLean's late equaliser was enough to earn Brechin a point against Arbroath.

Chances were at a premium in the first half, but Josh Falkingham came closest to giving Arbroath the lead when his effort came back off a post on the half-hour mark.

The visitors finally broke the deadlock after 71 minutes when Steven Doris wasn't on hand to fire home Gavin Swankie's cross.

Brechin pulled level 10 minutes from time when McLean found the top corner after good work from Paul McManus.

Falkingham could have sealed all three points in the final minute but his long-range drive was well saved by Craig Nelson.

The point means second-placed Arbroath move 11 points clear of Dumbarton but they are four points adrift of leaders Cowdenbeath who earned all three points against Albion Rovers.

Brechin: Nelson, McLean, Moyes, Dunlop, Buist, Lindsay (Lister 60), Fusco, Brady, Hodge, McKenzie (McKenna 80), McManus (Crawford 90).

Subs Not Used: Scott, McClune.

Booked: Lindsay.

Goals: McLean 81.

Arbroath: Hill, Wedderburn, Malcolm, Innes, Baxter, Falkingham, Kerr, Sibanda (Samuel 62), Sheerin, Doris (Caddis 77), Swankie.

Subs Not Used: Burns, Gibson, McAnespie.

Booked: Falkingham.

Goals: Doris 71.

Att: 703

Ref: John Beaton

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