AMAZINGLY, Forfar Athletic’s unbeaten run has stretched to over four months.
Yes, it was away back on Saturday, October 2 that the Loons last tasted defeat, going down to an Alloa Athletic side that they next face twice in the space of four days.
Forfar travel to Recreation Park to take on a Wasps’ side that has lost its sting, with Alloa due at Station Park for a re-arranged match on Tuesday evening of next week.
Dick Campbell’s men will go into the double-header buoyed by the fact that they are now in the promotion play-off running after picking up four points and racking up two successive clean sheets in the past week.
For the Loons’ fans it’s good to see the team back playing - and playing well.
They followed up their first league match of 2011 the midweek before last when they came from behind to get the better of Dumbarton.
Then, after losing yet another Saturday fixture, they entertained East Fife last Tuesday evening, earning a share of the spoils in an entertaining nil-nil draw.
Both teams had their chances to bag all three points.
Bryan Deasley cracked a great shot off the post in 19 minutes, while in the early stages of the second period, Iain Campbell cleared a Steven Hislop header off the line and Scott Gallacher saved brilliantly from Linn.
East Fife had a glorious chance to take the lead in 67 minutes when Muir was pulled down in the box, but Gallacher dived to his left to save Sloan’s spot-kick.
Ross wasn’t far off target for the Loons with a great shot after cutting in from the flank, while right at the death Hilson raced clear on goal, rounded the keeper and teed up Martyn Fothringham, who somehow blasted the ball high over the top of the bar.
The result consolidated the Loons’ position in fifth spot in the division two - and they moved up a place on Saturday when they defeated Stenhousemuir by a single goal, despite playing 70 minutes with ten men.
Dick Campbell’s men showed grit and determination to hold on to a lead they earned in the 14th minute, to move on to the 28-point mark for the campaign, only three behind near-neighbours Brechin City, but with a game in hand.
And it was a well-taken goal at that, a free-kick by Martyn Fotheringham delivered on to the head of Michael Bolochoweckyj, who powered the ball home for his second goal in Sky Blue colours.
Six minutes later and the goal-maker was back in the bath, Foxy getting his marching orders for something he said and which referee Robertson took exception to.
However, despite having to soldier on a man down the visitors stuck to the task in hand manfully, with the back four in great form, aided by the current great form of goalkeeper Scott Gallacher.
The Warriors hardly troubled the Loons defence for the remainder of the first period, and weren’t much better when it came to attacking options in the second.
Although the home side enjoyed plenty of possession, there was little to worry Bolo, Bishop and co.
And, when they did find a way through they found Gallacher continuing on top of his game.
Having taken seven points from nine in the only three games they have managed to play in 2011, Forfar are well-placed for what will be a hectic spell of 20 league matches in a little over two months.
And, although they appear to have a big enough squad, they could find them stretched if injuries and suspensions kick-in.
Martyn Fotheringham’s red mist will mean he misses this Saturday’s trip to Alloa Athletic at a minimum, while goalkeeper Scot Gallacher, Michael Bolochoweckyj and Iain Campbell are others within a card of suspension.