A point for Forfar - the corner turned?

Forfar Athletic’s first game since Dick Campbell was sacked ended in a 1-1 draw at Albion Rovers.

Kerr Hay’s volley with fifteen minutes left countered Paul Willis’ first half goal as Stewart Petrie and Barry Sellars took charge of the Loons.

Caretaker manager Petrie made three changes to the starting line up, Martyn Fotheringham, Bryan Hodge and Michael Travis replacing Mark Baxter, Michael Kennedy and Kerr Hay.

The Loons started off the better side with chances from Danny Denholm and Scott Martin flying wide inside the first five minutes.

Paul Willis then went close for Rovers, seeing his header held before he blasted over from 20 yards.

In the 11th minute Denholm was inches away from connecting with a Hodge ball across the face of the goal.

Four minutes later Scott McBride set up Ross Davidson but his shot was nodded away by an alert Iain Campbell.

Willis looked the most dangerous player for Rovers, forcing a save from close range from Douglas and again firing over. Just after the half hour mark McBride’s cross found Michael Dunlop but his header failed to threaten Douglas much and he gathered with ease.

The home side went into half time in the lead, some good play down the right saw Alan Reid and Gary Fisher link up, Fisher’s ball across the face of goal poked home by Willis.

Rovers had a fantastic chance to double the lead 10 minutes into the second half when Callum McRobbie was sent clear but when one on one with Douglas he fluffed his chance and Douglas sent his effort wide.

Martyn Fotheringham sent a free kick from long range just wide of the mark before setting up Scott Martin but he could only fire over on the hour mark.

Mullin and Fisher tested Douglas again as Rovers looked for the next goal but it was to come from the Loons with 15 minutes of the game remaining.

Kerr Hay played the ball into the box and after the defence failed to clear it, it was nodded out and the young striker hit a great volley that took a slight deflection to ensure an already goal bound effort reached the top corner.

Both sides tried to find a winner in the final 15 but cancelled each other out, the only chance of note coming from Mullin who fired wide.


The result means Forfar stay in eighth place.

New manager Garry Bollan is now settling to the task of sorting out his team for next week’s clash with Dunfermline.