Gaffer looking to the future

GOOD CHANCES: Iain Campbell gets the ball from Alloa's Mark Docherty on Saturday. 'Christopher Coutts Photography
GOOD CHANCES: Iain Campbell gets the ball from Alloa's Mark Docherty on Saturday. 'Christopher Coutts Photography

THE LOONS fought to the death against Alloa Athletic on Saturday but conceeding a late goal saw them fail to take any points from the home clash, writes Sarah McLean.

Dick Campbell’s side went into the game on a high after their 2-0 win against East Fife the previous weekend, but they knew it would be a tough tie against second from top side, Alloa.

However, there were chances aplenty for the Forfar side but they failed to find the back of the net.

Striker Chris Templeman, who netted both goals the previous weekend, had a nightmare as he missed two excellent chances in quick succession.

But while the Loons continued to push hard towards the end it was a Ben Gordon header in the closing gasps that took the sole goal of the game and gave the visitors all three points.

Loons’ boss Dick Campbell said: “It was a bit of an unfair result. To be honest I am really, really disappointed with it.

“I think anyone who was at the game will have seen that we had our chances but failed to take any of them.

“But we played well against a team that have had a great season so we will take that from it.”

Now attention turns to Saturday’s away day to Ayr United.

Ayr will be going into the game on the back of an outstanding 5-2 win over bottom of the table Albion Rovers.

However, the Loons, who are two places above the Honest Men in the table, are still looking for a boost to take them back into the play off spots.

History may well be on Forfar’s side on Saturday as they have had an excellent track record against the Somerset Park side this season.

They first met in August away from home, winning 3-2.

This was followed by two more victories, both 2-1 at Station Park. The first came on December 1 in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup, with the second league fixture following on January 12.

Campbell added: “I’m going to the game with a positive mindset, like I always do. Ayr United are not the easiest team to go and play but we have a good record against them this season.

“We have beaten them twice in the league so far and once in the Scottish Cup.”

Campbell has an almost full squad to select from for Saturday’s away day but Odmar Faeroe is still unavailable due to international duties.

Next Tuesday evening the Loons will welcome bottom of the league side Albion Rovers to Station Park.

Forfar have a good record against Albion Rovers again this season recording wins after the two times they have met.

Ticket Information

Forfar Athletic officials are cutting admission prices for their only midweek re-arranged Irn Bru League Division Two fixture and adopting a ’kids go free’ policy on the night.

When Albion Rovers come calling to Station Park on Tuesday (February 26) adult admission prices to both stand and ground will be pegged at £10 with senior citizens paying £5 for entry.

In an even more important gesture, to try and encourage fans to come along on a midweek evening, all under-16s will get free admission.

Defeat for Under-19s

Forfar Athletic’s Under-19 side lost 2-1 in a hard fought contest at Dunfermline High School against Cowdenbeath in their second game in their youth league section.

Their next scheduled game is at home to East Fife next Sunday, but prior to that they will meet St. Johnstone’s youngsters in a friendly at Station Park on Thursday, February 28, with an 8.15 p.m. kick-off.

Irn-Bru Second Division League

P W D L F A Pts

QOS 24 20 3 1 62 14 63

Alloa Athletic 24 13 6 5 42 24 45

Brechin City 20 11 2 7 39 31 35

Arbroath 23 9 5 9 34 42 32

Forfar Athletic 24 10 2 12 40 50 32

Stenhousemuir 23 7 8 8 35 41 29

East Fife 25 7 5 13 38 40 26

Ayr United 22 7 5 10 35 41 26

Stranraer 23 6 4 13 26 49 22

Albion Rovers 22 4 2 16 28 48 14