Campbell’s striker quandary doesn’t hinder Forfar Athletic’s return to top of the league

Photo - Chris Coutts.
Photo - Chris Coutts.

Dick Campbell is happily boasting the kind of selection headaches managers love to have to suffer through.

After Andy Black’s superb cameo off the bench, Campbell has to pick two of Derek Young, Bryan Hodge, Martyn Fotheringham and the Dundee loanee to player in the middle of the park.

Not only that, but he’s got to choose a pair from Gavin Swankie, Chris Templeman, Lewis Allan, Kerr Hay and Craig Smith to lead the line and score the goals needed to mount another title challenge.

Campbell admits he still hasn’t got his strike partnership right but, after the side returned to the top of League One with a 2-0 win over rivals Brechin City, it’s clear that that doesn’t matter just yet.

Indeed the worry for other teams comes when Dick finally sorts out which duo is best suited to playing with one another, because with the chances this side creates - the goals could come in their dozens.

Campbell said: “I think we had to bounce back from last week’s defeat. It wasn’t the best game of football you’ll ever see.

“But you can see that Brechin aren’t getting any breaks at all. The first time I’ve seen their keeper touch the ball was to pick out his net.

“We’ve changed a lot of things since last week. We worked very hard.

“We had four players missing last week and I’ve almost had a full squad here.

“It was a great first goal. I had Derek at Partick Thistle with me and he played up front. I put him up front to help Lewis Allan.

“I rested Chris Templeman and Swankie was on the bench, he’s back but we didn’t need to play him.

“There were some magnificent performances from us in the second half and we really could have scored a few more.

“We’re back to the top of the league and we’re not playing as well as we can be, I really mean that. I don’t think our strikers have played this season.

“Dods is a very good friend to everyone connected with us and my thoughts go out to him, because he’s having a terrible time of things. We were professional and won the game.

“I’ve not got it right up front yet, I really haven’t. I don’t know if it’s Swankie and Allan, Swankie and Templeman, Allan and Templeman, Craig Smith, Kerr Hay. We can’t get it right yet but we’re top of the league.

“I thought the young boy Black did really well when he came on.

“I’ve got a policy that if a player is booked in the first half, I’m probably going to take him off at the break.

“Fotheringham got booked so I took him off. He did superbly for the goal didn’t he, he got past five of them then lifted the ball over for Young to score.”

Next up for Forfar is a trip to face Cowdenbeath.

The Blue Brazil currently sit ninth in the table, four points clear of Brechin who still have nothing on the board yet this season.

The club hopes to run a Supporters Coach to the game at Central Park.

It will leave the Myre Car Park at 12.45p.m. and the cost will be £7

Seats can be booked by phoning 07882850106 or e mail david.mcgregor@forfarathletic.co.uk