Around the grounds

IT IS all to play for on Saturday as the 2012/13 league season draws to a close, writes Sarah McLean.

Brechin City have all but cemented their place in the play-offs, however, it is right down to the wire for Forfar Athletic and Arbroath.

Both teams won on Saturday with Arbroath recording a 1-0 win over Ayr United and Forfar taking three points and a 3-0 away success from Stranraer in their last away game of the season.

Arbroath’s Euan Smith netted the only goal of the game in the 60th minute and despite Ayr United having a number of late chances it was enough for a win.

Forfar took the lead just 10 minutes in following a Michael Dunlop own goal. Chris Templeman increased the deficit to two just before the half hour mark and Omar Kader sealed the deal with 20 minutes to go.

Brechin City lost 2-1 to Stenhousemuir at Glebe Park with the visitors taking an early lead in the eighth minute. They scored another in 34 minutes. Alan Trouten pulled one back for the home side 15 minutes from time but they failed to find an equaliser.

This Saturday all eyes will be on Forfar, Arbroath and Stenhousemuir as they strive to get the coveted fourth place spot. Arbroath have a tough task ahead of them when they welcome second placed Alloa Athletic to Gayfield, while the Loons will host Ayr United at Station Park. Stenhousemuir, who have the best goal difference of the three, are at home to Stranraer.

Brechin have two games this week with their final effort at clearing their backlog coming on Tuesday evening when they hosted Albion Rovers. On Saturday they travel to East Fife.

In the Third Division, Montrose’s play-off hopes were dashed when they lost 2-1 to Queen’s Park at Links Park. The visitors took the lead just before half-time, but a Martin Boyle goal provided the equaliser on the hour mark. Disaster struck in the 75th minute when Scott Gibson sealed the deal for the visitors.

This Saturday, Montrose will travel to Annan which will have an early kick-off time of 12.45 p.m. to accommodate televised coverage of Rangers v Berwick Rangers.