Must-win game against Rovers

GOALMOUTH ACTION: Ross Campbell and Chris Templeman in the thick of the action in the Cowden goalmouth on Saturday.'Picture by Chriss Coutts, Forfar.

GOALMOUTH ACTION: Ross Campbell and Chris Templeman in the thick of the action in the Cowden goalmouth on Saturday.'Picture by Chriss Coutts, Forfar.

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WITH two games left, Forfar Athletic now find themselves deep in the relegation mire.

A defeat at the hands of champions Cowdenbeath on Saturday, combined with Albion Rovers’ share of the spoils at home to Arbroath saw the Loons drop into second bottom spot.

And that means a victory over the Cliftonhill side when they visit Station Park this coming Saturday is a must if Dick Campbell’s men want to travel to Stenhousemuir the following Saturday with their second division survival still in their own hands.

Even leap-frogging Rovers on Saturday won’t make things any easier, for, while the Loons face that tricky end-of-season trip to the Warriors, Albion Rovers will be hosting lowly Stirling Albion.

Should the worst happen, and Forfar remain in second bottom spot, it’s looking like a midweek trip to Elgin City in the play-offs.

The ex-Highland League side have a three-point advantage over Annan Athletic in the race for fourth spot in the third division, with Queen’s Park and Stranraer set to do battle in the other play-off semi. But, let’s leave these possibilities alone for the moment, and think positive.

As things stand, the Loons fate is very much in their own hands. Defeat Albion Rovers and Stenhousemuir and they’re safe.

And, although they lost to two late goals at the hands of the partying Blue Brazil on Saturday, the fact is they could so easily have carved out a positive result.

There were chances to take the lead, particularly in the first half.

Forfar came close to taking the lead in the 21st minute when Chris Templeman headed on to Ross Campbell, whose shot from ten yards was kicked away from the goal-line by Scott Linton.

Chris Templeman also fired wide from distance, with Michael Bolocheweckyj also missing the target.

At the other end, Marc McKenzie twice shot wide from good position.

With honours even at the break, Forfar keeper Paterson had to be alert, rushing from his area to deny McKenzie with a sliding tackle.

Nicky Low saw a snap shot well held by the Cowden keeper, as Forfar continued to look for the vital opener.

Alas, in 72 minutes, the opener went the way of Cowdenbeath, a Greg Stewart flick sending McKenzie through on goal, the striker clipping the ball past the advancing Paterson from 14 yards.

Ten minutes later and it was all over, Stewart again providing the pass that sent McKenzie in on goal for his second counter of the afternoon.

So more disappointment for the Loons, but the players must keep the heads up and believe they can get positive results in the remaining two matches.