Around the grounds

WHAT a weekend that has been for some of the Angus clubs, writes Sarah McLean.

While Forfar Athletic played their second derby game in as many weeks, this time against Arbroath, Montrose made history on Sunday playing Rangers for the first time in the league.

Brechin City on the other hand, had a weekend to forget when they lost out 3-0 to Queen of the South at home.

So, Saturday action first and Forfar were looking to capitalise on their winning streak of four games in a row. Just four minutes in at Gayfield they looked like they might be well on the way to getting another three points with a goal from Michael Bolochoweckyj. However, that was where their luck ran out.

By the end of the 90 minutes Forfar Athletic were down to nine men and the score was level at 1-1. To be fair, the Loons did extremely well to get a point in those circumstances. They are currently sitting second in the Second Division with 13 points just behind Queen of the South and two points ahead of Arbroath who are in third.

Brechin are still seventh in the table with just six points and will really be looking to gain a few more during their next game against Ayr United this coming Saturday.

Second Division action for Forfar Athletic and Arbroath next week will include a home game against Albion Rovers and an away day at Stenhousemuir respectively.

Meanwhile, Third Division side Montrose played in front of the second biggest attendance in the UK on Sunday (45,081). There’s a sentence I never thought I would write.

The Links Park side did extremely well against Rangers and the eventual 4-1 win in the home side’s favour does not do Montrose justice. The Gable Endies kept up the tempo well in the first half and the 1-1 scoreline at half-time was well deserved. But eventually the class of player at Rangers and the size of the pitch at Ibrox got the better of Montrose and they looked shattered half an hour from time.

Montrose are now preparing to face Edinburgh City at Links Park this Saturday in the Scottish Cup.