Cowden next up

HAVING been desperately unlucky not to round off the first quarter of the 2011-2012 season with a derby victory over Arbroath on Saturday past, the Loons make the trip to Cowdenbeath this coming Saturday (writes Alan Ducat).

The match at Central Park will be far from easy, for the Fifers were perhaps one of the better sides to have visited Station Park so far this campaign, the game finishing in a two-each draw.

The pace of the Cowden front line certainly posed a few problems for the Forfar defence, and now that they have reached pole position in the table the Fifers will be keen to stay there.

But Forfar were worth more than a one-goal share against the team Cowden have deposed at the top of the table, and may well have clinched all three points had they not been harshly dealt with by the ref in the first half at Station Park on Saturday.

The whistler was far too keen to flash his cards, and had Michael Bolochoweckyj back in the dressing room for two very soft fouls.

There was also much debate over whether or not the Lichties Lee Sibanda was offside when he fastened on to a Josh Falkingham through ball to net for Arbroath.

But the Loons shrugged off these two moments of controversy and bossed the remainder of the game, albeit with a man disadvantage.

After a number of near misses, and one glorious glaring miss, Forfar succeeded in levelling through a trademark Joe Shaughnessy power header eight minutes from time.

Although happy to get a point, Forfar manager Dick Campbell felt it really should have been three.

He was fulsome in his praise of the players for the way they responded to going a goal and a man down, and felt Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin would have been relieved to have departed Station Park with a point.

Of the ref, Campbell said: “I think he was far too early with his bookings. I am extremely unhappy with the yellow cards and the sending off.

“However, we created four or five gilt-edged chances with ten men and I think we can take immense credit from the game.

“In the second half there was only one team trying to win and that was Forfar.”

As the Loons prepare for the trip to Cowdenbeath on Saturday, there are concerns over injuries to a number of key players, Moffat the latest casualty, joining McCulloch, Bishop, Ross and Wilson on the treatment table.