A mixed week for Forfar Athletic

GAVIN SWANKIE: In action against Alloa Athletic on Saturday. 'Christopher Coutts Photography
GAVIN SWANKIE: In action against Alloa Athletic on Saturday. 'Christopher Coutts Photography

WITH just three games to go before the end of the season Forfar Athletic had a week of mixed results, writes Sarah McLean.

On Tuesday night, the Loons secured a 4-3 win against third place side Brechin City and with it gained a boost to get back above local rivals Arbroath in the Second Division.

A 1-0 defeat against Alloa Athletic on Saturday saw the Loons drop points but with Arbroath also suffering a defeat, against Brechin City, it was enough to keep Dick Campbell’s side in fourth.

On Saturday, Forfar will face league champions Queen of the South at Station Park in what is sure to be an interesting encounter.

Loons’ boss Dick Campbell has no fresh injury or suspension worries.

After Saturday there are just two more games before the league season comes to a close.

Next Saturday the Loons travel to Stranraer for the final away day and the following Saturday the final home game will be against Ayr United.

And the race is on between Forfar and Arbroath for the coveted fourth place spot.

Paul Sheerin’s side are at home to Stranraer on Saturday, before a trip to Ayr a week later, followed by a visit from Alloa Athletic on final day of the season.

The first leg of the play-offs are due on Wednesday May 8, with Brechin and Alloa certain to clash.

Forfar or Arbroath could have a home leg on the May 8 against either Dunfermline Athletic following their 15-point penalty, Cowdenbeath or Dumbarton.

The second legs of the semi finals are due on Saturday, May 11, with the final dates marked as Wednesday, May 15, and Sunday, May 19.

In a message to have fans, chairman Alastair Donald said: “I would like to appeal to those stay away fans to get behind us in the remaining home games. We have played some great football recently and I feel the players deserve a bigger home crowd.

“If we are to aspire to greater things we absolutely need bigger crowds - you have to believe me when I say how much of a difference this makes to our playing budget.

“Let’s hope we can keep up the good work and get our rewards.”

Loons Lottery

THIS week’s Loons Lottery numbers were 2, 3, 12, 14, 17, 18, there was no jackpot winner.

Five consolation prizes of £20 went to T. McKelvie, N. Fairlie, M. Horne, M. Wren and D. Robertson, all Forfar.

Next week’s numbers will be six from 20 for £1,500.