A closely fought encounter

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FORFAR Athletic boss Dick Campbell is disappointed that his team’s unbeaten run has come to an end.

The Loons had not lost a league game since the opening day of the season against Queen of the South on August 11, however, Paul Hartley’s Alloa side proved to be a tough match.

The five-goal thriller proved to be an exciting watch but unfortunately for the home side the result did not go their way.

Mr Campbell was especially disappointed with how his side dealt with set-pieces - with two of Alloa’s goals coming from corners.

The boss said: “I don’t think we would be happy at all with how we defended the set pieces.

“You just can’t defend like that but it is the first time this season we have done that.

“Their ‘keeper had two world-class saves early on in the game and things might have been different.” He added: “I think in the second half we let Alloa off the hook.”

Mr Campbell continued: “I thought it was actually a great game. We had more chances and we are all really disappointed. But all is not lost for us.”

Forfar Athletic are still sitting second in the table, six points behind league leaders Queen of the South and one point ahead of local rivals Arbroath. They will next see league action against ninth place East Fife - who are joint bottom with Stranraer with just five points apiece - on October 20.

However, with another international break due this weekend the Loons next match action will be on Monday (October 15) when they entertain an Aberdeen XI in a match which will mark the official opening of the 3G pitch at Station Park.

The officials of Forfar Athletic and Forfar Farmington were delighted when Craig Brown agreed to send down a side to mark the occasion and by all accounts it will be a strong mix of first team fringe players and the ‘cream’ of the Pittodrie youth set up that will ‘tread the boards’ on the night.

The main pre-match festivities and speeches will take place in the Farmington Clubhouse where guests led by Scottish Government Minister Kenny McAskill as well as Sportscotland officials and local councillors will be entertained prior to making their way across to Station Park.

Sportscotland financed the main part of the project through the governments cashback scheme and their Chief Executive Stewart Harris is looking forward to the occasion. Mr Harris said: “Cashback is an excellent complementary Scottish Government funding stream and Sportscotland is delighted to have been involved in then project with Forfar Farmington, Forfar Athletic and Angus Council at Station Park.

“A partnership approach is critical to the success of a project like this.

“The £300,000 of Cash Back funding has helped deliver a first-class synthetic grass pitch, which will undoubtedly be a real asset to a number of other clubs in the community and surrounding area.”

Alastair Donald, Forfar Athletic chairman, said: “From our point of view this is the final piece of the jigsaw after 16 months of planning right through to construction and the merging of Forfar Farmington and Forfar Athletic.

“We are really looking forward to it and it is really good of Aberdeen to send down a decent squad.

“We will have various dignitaries from the local area coming to help us celebrate as well as from SportScotland, the SFL and the SPL.”

The match will kick off at 7.45 pm and admission is £10 for adults, £5 for concessions. Forfar Athletic season tickets are valid for the fixture.

Meanwhile, this weekend defender Odmar Faeroe will be in the Faroese squad for a further two World Cup qualifiers. Faeroe, who made his full international debut against Germany last month, will take part in two further matches over the course of the next week.

Both matches will be played in the Faroese capital, Torshavn, the first against Sweden on October 12, the second four days later against the Republic of Ireland on October 16.

Faeroe will be with the national squad until October 17.

Looking ahead, Forfar Athletic will entertain Highland League high fliers Nairn County, who defeated Clyde in a second round replay on Saturday past, in the third round of the William Hill Scottish Cup on Saturday, November 3.

The ‘Loons’ have hospitality packages available for the game and any interested party should contact David McGregor on 07871 165689 or e mail at david.mcgregor@forfarathletic.co.uk