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IT WAS business as usual for all of the Angus SFL clubs this weekend including yet another local derby (writes Sarah McLean).

Brechin City’s fortunes continued to plummet as they lost out 3-1 to Arbroath at Gayfield on Saturday afternoon. The Glebe Park side, who recently parted ways with former manager Jim Weir, could have really done with the three points but it was not to be.

The win gave Arbroath a further push to catch up with second place Forfar Athletic and they now rest third in the table just a point behind the Loons with 15.

Brechin City on the other hand have a lot of catching up to do as they lie in eighth place with just six points - one point ahead of East Fife and Stranraer.

Forfar Athletic faced a tough task on Saturday against Paul Hartley’s Alloa Athletic. While the Station Park side has been playing exceptionally good football recently - so have Alloa. And it was a tough run thing indeed with goals coming within the first couple of minutes. Forfar really could have won the game, which is the frustrating thing, but Alloa made it 3-2 in the closing stages.

Forfar Athletic are currently sitting with 16 points in second place but have some catching up to do if they want to better top-placed Queen of the South who are storming the league with 22 points.

Third Division side Montrose did much to redeem themselves after their shocking defeat to Edinburgh City in the Scottish Cup the previous weekend. Winning 3-1 against East Stirlingshire at Links Park it was clear that their “Ibrox hangover” seems to have cleared.

Montrose are now sitting on equal points with Berwick Rangers in the table, both on eight points after seven games.

This Saturday will see Montrose travel to Elgin City on league business. Forfar Athletic will next be in action against Aberdeen FC to officially launch the artificial pitch on the evening of Monday, October 15. Arbroath will be in action against Queen of the South on Sunday, October 14, for the Ramsdens Cup semi-final and Brechin City have a free weekend before facing Stranraer at Glebe Park on October 20.