Around the grounds

FORFAR Athletic and Montrose have their work cut out to get back into the play-off spots before the end of the season, writes Sarah McLean.

The Loons lost 4-0 against Second Division champions Queen of the South on Saturday. Despite looking like the stronger side for much of the first half, but a Michael Paton goal just past the half hour mark took the visitors into the lead before half-time. After the break the floodgates opened as Nicky Clark took a hat-trick before the 90 minutes were up.

The defeat saw Dick Campbell’s side stay in fifth with two tough games to come before the close season. This Saturday they will travel to Stranraer in the hope of picking up dropped points.

Third Division Montrose were also looking for a decent win to see them have a chance of getting into the play-offs. But a goal in the 66th minute from Clyde substitute Patrick Scullion was enough to see the Broadwood side take three points.

This Saturday, Stuart Garden’s side have another tough task ahead of them when they welcome Queen’s Park to Links Park. Queen’s Park are currently third in the table on equal points with Peterhead who also have 53. Three points ahead of Montrose are Berwick with 49. And wins from now on are essential as Elgin City are hot on Montrose’s heels with 45 points.

Arbroath kept their fourth place position in the Second Division with a 1-0 win over Stranraer at Gayfield. Player/manager Paul Sheerin scored the only goal in the 25th minute which was enough to take the three points. This Saturday, Arbroath are away to seventh placed Ayr United.

Ray McKinnon’s Brechin City had a day to forget on Saturday when they lost 3-1 to bottom of the league side Albion Rovers.

The home side took the lead in 28 minutes with a goal from Kevin Green and the scores sat 1-0 at the break. But things went from bad to worse for the visitors when Chris Dallas increased the deficit to two. Alan Trouten pulled back a goal for the visitors in the 84th minute but five minutes into added time Brechin ‘keeper Michael Andrews saw red for bringing down Ryan Tiffany in the box. David Crawford slotted home the resultant penalty to make the final score 3-1.

This Saturday, Brechin City will host Stenhousemuir at Glebe Park.