Around the grounds 25.10.12

IT WAS business as usual in the SFL on Saturday following the International break the previous weekend, writes Sarah McLean.

But Arbroath at least will not be too thrilled with their result. The Gayfield side had travelled to face Albion Rovers with hopes of eclipsing or surpassing local rivals Forfar Athletic in the Second Division. Those plans were laid waste, however, by the 4-0 scoreline with Albion Rovers’ goals coming from David Crawford, Steven Howarth and Anthony Stevenson.

Crawford really sealed the Red Lichties’ fate when he took the fourth right on time. The result means that Arbroath now slip to fourth in the table, still one point behind Forfar Athletic with 15 but a long way from league leaders Queen of the South who have 23.

Brechin City are continuing to languish around the bottom of Division Two, just one point ahead of ninth-place East Fife.

This is despite a 3-0 win against Stranraer at Glebe Park on Saturday with goals coming from Andrew Jackson and David McKenna. The club and fans alike will no doubt be hoping that this will be the shape of things to come under new manager Ray McKinnon.

Things did not go so well for Forfar Athletic who found themselves on the wrong side of the same scoreline when they lost 3-0 to East Fife at Bayview.

Goals for the Methil side came from David Muir, Scott Smith and Paul McManus with the latter two coming in the very last gasps of the game.

Forfar started off on a bad foot when Martyn Fotheringham saw red for violent conduct after he lunged at East Fife’s Jordon Forster. The Loons remain second in the table and hopefully this has just been a blip in their so-far-so-good season.

Third Division side Montrose took away a much needed win against Stirling Albion with goals from Leighton McIntosh and Scott Morton alongside an own goal courtesy of Kieran McAnespie.

Montrose are climbing the table steadily and are now sitting sixth with 11 points.