Around the grounds

IT has been a hit or a miss weekend of football for the local sides with wins, draws and, in the case of Montrose, crushing defeats.

Saturday saw an Angus derby in the form of Forfar Athletic v Arbroath with the home side hoping for a win to take them further up the table. It was not to be, however, as the Gayfield side took away three points after a 4-2 win. All involved claim that Arbroath were the better side on the day but with Forfar sitting second from bottom they could really have done with the points.

Arbroath, meanwhile are sitting two points behind league leaders Cowdenbeath and 11 ahead of third placed Stenhousemuir so it looks like they could soon be enjoying First Division football.

Brechin had a fairly uneventful weekend with their 1-1 draw against Airdrie United at home which didn’t affect their seventh place position too much.

Meanwhile, the fourth Angus side, Montrose, were faced with the continuation of their Queen’s Park curse.

The Gable Endies suffered their 13th consecutive defeat against the Spiders in the 5-0 result at Hampden. Despite playing well recently, results have not gone their way. However, manager Ray Farningham admits that they were just not good enough on Saturday.

Nearby SPL side Dundee United had reason to celebrate after their 5-1 away win against St Johnstone as they have now ended their run of no league wins since Christmas eve. The game also proved to be United’s biggest ever win against the Perthshire side.

If there was such an award for ‘frustration of the week’ surely this week it would go to Peterhead.

The Third Division side were left bewildered when their Aberdeenshire Shield Cup tie against hosts Cove Rangers was called off just five minutes before Wednesday night’s kick off.

Despite both sets of players having warmed up and preparing to play, referee Caryl Potten postponed the game because of his concerns about a frozen goalmouth. The teams played a 30 minute each-way friendly instead.