Around the grounds

IT WAS almost winning results all round in Angus on Saturday with just Brechin City missing out, writes Sarah McLean.

In one of many Second Division derby matches that we have to look forward to this season, Forfar Athletic defeated Brechin City 1-0 thanks to a Martyn Fotheringham goal early in the first half.

This was the Loons’ fourth result in a row and the three points were more than enough to earn them second place in the Second Division table with 12 points - just one behind leaders Queen of the South.

Brechin are currently sitting sixth in the table with six points on par with Albion Rovers.

Arbroath also took away three points on Saturday with a 2-0 win over East Fife. Goals came from Steven Doris and Derek Holmes in quick succession just before the half hour mark. They are now third in the Second Division, two points below Forfar Athletic.

In the Third Division, Montrose recorded their first win of the season and their first win against Berwick Rangers at Links Park since 1994.

The score-line of 3-1 secured the Gable Endies three points and saw them inch a little further up the table to seventh - on equal points with Berwick Rangers and Annan Athletic.

Montrose are currently just four points behind Rangers who the Angus side will face at Ibrox next Sunday.

Next weekend will see yet another Angus derby when Forfar Athletic make the trip to Gayfield to face Arbroath while Brechin City will host Queen of the South.

Meanwhile, Forfar are to take on Aberdeen on Monday, October 15, at Station Park to mark the installation of the new artificial surface at the Angus ground.

Representatives of the Scottish Government and Sportscotland, which helped fund the new surface, will be on hand to mark the ceremony ahead of the game that will kick off at 7.45 pm.

Loons’ manager Dick Campbell said: “Craig Brown is an old chum of mine and I am delighted that he is bringing a side down for this game. The new surface is fantastic and I am sure Aberdeen will enjoy playing on it.”