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Sweet revenge for Athletic

ANNAN Athletic moved back into third in League Two as the race for the play-offs continues to heat up

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By Zac Hannay
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Sweet revenge for Athletic

With Dumbarton and Stirling Albion both some distance ahead at the top of the table, the Galabankies lead the rest of the chasing pack after a tremendous 4-1 victory over Elgin at home.

But manager Peter Murphy is refusing to be drawn on looking too far ahead, instead he is continuing to focus on taking one game at a time and working to accumulate as many points as possible.

On Saturday the Black and Golds thumped Elgin after being undeterred following the loss of an early goal from City marksman Kane Hester on the half hour mark. Minutes later, however, Annan had the advantage when Ross Draper saw red for a handball and the home side went on to score twice, through Max Kilsby and Tommy Goss, from the spot, before halftime.

Annan completed the rout in the second half and got sweet revenge for the heavy defeat suffered up at Borough Briggs in October. Goss struck again from 12 yards and Wullie Gibson netted his first goal for Annan in spectacular fashion with a top corner volley from the edge of the box.

MAN OF THE MATCH . . . Annan’s Wullie Gibson pictured with supporters Keith Dryesdale and Willie Kirkwood

Murphy said: “I think with the chances that we have been creating we deserved it.

“We had another couple of chances where their keeper made some great saves.

“They did have a man sent off and that changed the complexion of the game. But we learned after the Stirling game to keep going.”

All four goals were well taken, but Gibson’s volley will be up there as a goal of the season contender, Murphy added: “Wullie Gibson’s goal was the pick of the bunch. Max Kilsby’s as well went into the top stanchion. Goss, again, was very efficient.

BRACE . . . Tommy Goss has now hit 25 goals in all competitions so far this season

“We are doing well. It’s just trying to keep everybody fit.”

Murphy added: “The league is so tight; everybody’s beating everybody. The aim is just to pick up as many points as we can and see where that takes us.

“We are looking forward to it. They have gone on a good run.

“If we get a good win away from home then their games in hand don’t make too much of a difference.”

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