Around the grounds

IT HAS been a big weekend for the four Scottish Football League clubs in Angus (writes Sarah McLean).

There was derby action at Station Park on Saturday afternoon when Forfar Athletic welcomed Second Division rivals Arbroath.

Hoping for a competitive game the Loons took the lead courtesy of loanee Dale Hilson but Arbroath grabbed a late equaliser when Derek Holmes found the net in added time.

Fellow Second Division club Brechin City saw their first league defeat since Ray McKinnon took over from Jim Weir when they went down 1-0 away to Queen of the South.

Queen of the South are still Second Division league leaders with 38 points - nine ahead of second place Alloa Athletic. Forfar Athletic and Arbroath are on equal points with 20 each with Brechin just behind them in fifth place with 19.

In the Third Division Montrose FC welcomed Rangers for their first visit to Links Park since the mid-1970s.

Despite the Gable Endies taking an early lead with a goal from Lloyd Young, Rangers soon brought it level with a penalty taken by Lee McCulloch.

In the second half, the visitors had a bright five minutes and put away another two goals with Montrose only managing to pull back one more. Just before the end, Rangers added a fourth to make the final score 2-4.

This Tuesday, as we went to press, Forfar Athletic were preparing for a midweek away day to Cliftonhill to face Albion Rovers after the match was postponed two weeks ago. On Saturday the Loons are away again, this time to Recreation Park to face Alloa Athletic.

Brechin will host Ayr United at Glebe Park on Saturday as they look to get back on track after their defeat to Queen of the South.

Meanwhile Arbroath will next see action with another derby day, this time away to Brechin, on Boxing Day.

In the Third Division, Montrose will travel to East Stirlingshire this Wednesday (tonight) for their re-arranged league match.