Arbroath 1 - 2 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, November 23rd, 2002, 3:00 PM at Gayfield Park, Arbroath
Attendance: 653
Referee: T Brown
Arbroath Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Tait (73) Dennis Wyness (23)
Richie Hart (71)

Team Managers
Unknown. Steve Paterson

Starting Eleven
Hinchcliffe
Tait
Florence
Browne
Ritchie
Cusick
Brownlie
Currie
McDowell
McGlashan
Cargill
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Bobby Mann
Stuart Golabek
Barry Robson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Richie Hart
Dennis Wyness
Paul Ritchie

Bench
Feroz
Henslee
Spink
McAulay
Gow
Ally Ridgers
Stuart McCaffrey
Charlie Christie
Anthony Low
Liam Keogh

Substitutions
Feroz -> Brownlie (60)
Henslee -> Currie (78)
Spink -> Florence (88)
Liam Keogh for Paul Ritchie (87)

Bookings
Browne None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 19 apps -
Grant Munro 51 apps1 goal
Stuart Golabek 98 apps1 goal
Bobby Mann 150 apps12 goals
Ross Tokely 214 apps15 goals
Roy McBain 99 apps5 goals
Richie Hart 17 apps6 goals
Russell Duncan 58 apps1 goal
Barry Robson 144 apps20 goals
Dennis Wyness 134 apps70 goals
Paul Ritchie 62 apps30 goals
Liam Keogh (sub) 13 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (23 years 266 days)
Oldest Player:Bobby Mann (2004 years 114 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 266 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (23 years 266 days)
Oldest Player:Bobby Mann (2004 years 114 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 74 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

A narrow victory but enough to send Caley Thistle to the top of Division One for the first time. Gayfield is always a difficult destination but the strong wind made things even harder. Craig Hinchcliffe saved early efforts from Dennis Wyness and Bobby Mann before the first goal came in 23 minutes. Ross Tokely sent a ball from the right into the box then Dennis Wyness turned John Cusick and sent a left foot low shot wide of Hinchcliffe. Andy Cargill had Arbroath’s best first half chance near the interval but he drove the ball wide. The second goal was a long time in coming and it was delayed even further when Paul Ritchie headed home only for offside to be given. At the other end Mark Brown saved from Paul Brownlie then a drive from Murray MacDowell was deflected past. Tokely was once more the provider for the visitors’ second goal in 71 minutes and again it was a cross from the right. This time it reached Richie Hart who chested it down before volleying past Hinchcliffe despite the close attention of Innes Ritchie. Jordan Tait made it 2-1 just two minutes later when he found space following a Steve Florence lob from the left – Tait’s shot seemed to be heading wide when it took a wicked deflection off a defender and deceived Brown. As Caley Thistle searched for a third Roy McBain hit the post, Hinchcliffe saved a Russell Duncan drive then Ritchie headed onto the bar.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Inverness CT 15 11 1 3 38 13 25 34
2. Falkirk 15 10 3 2 33 14 19 33
3. Clyde 15 8 4 3 26 14 12 28
4. St. Johnstone 15 7 4 4 15 8 7 25
5. Ayr United 15 6 4 5 15 16 -1 22
6. Queen of the South 15 5 3 7 19 23 -4 18
7. St. Mirren 15 4 4 7 20 33 -13 16
8. Ross County 15 3 5 7 15 17 -2 14
9. Arbroath 15 2 4 9 12 27 -15 10
10. Alloa Athletic 15 2 2 11 7 35 -28 8