Back on form

FORFAR Athletic got back to winning ways on Saturday when they took away three points from a clash with East Fife, writes Sarah McLean.

As the Loons look to get back into the Second Division play-off spots, Dick Campbell’s side recorded a much needed 2-1 win to give them a league boost.

GOALSCORER: Chris Templeman in action.'Christopher Coutts Photography

GOALSCORER: Chris Templeman in action.'Christopher Coutts Photography

Chris Templeman took his tally for the season to six when he scored a goal in each half.

While East Fife managed to pull back a penalty late in the second half with Scott McBride scoring, the Fifers failed to get a late equaliser much to the delight of the travelling fans.

Templeman’s first came after 33 minutes when he steered in from close range after being found in the area by Ross Campbell.

Just before half-time new signing Gavin Malin hit the post from the edge of the area as Forfar looked for a second.

And the second goal eventually arrived with 19 minutes remaining when Iain Campbell’s corner was volleyed into the net by Templeman from six yards out.

With two minutes to go, Mick Dunlop fouled Liam Gormley in the area and McBride went on to find the bottom corner from the spot.

East Fife: Antell, Durie, McCormack, Campbell, Johnstone (Keenan 78), Robert Barr, Muir, Darren Smith, Willis, Paul McManus (McBride 78), Samuel (Gormley 78). Subs, not used: Michael Brown and Malcolm.

Forfar: Hill, McCulloch, Bolochoweckyj, Dunlop, Iain Campbell, Ross Campbell (Kader 90), Malin, Brown (Martyn Fotheringham 81), Gregor Fotheringham, Templeman (King 90), Swankie. Subs, not used: Hamilton and Tulloch.

Loons’ boss Dick Campbell was pleased with the performance. He said: “They played really well.

“I thought they were outstanding and I’m very happy with the result.

“It was a young side and we were missing Odmar Faeroe, Dale Hilson and Willie Robertson.

“Danny Denholm and Barry Sellars were also missing, but we did well.”

Now attention turns to this Saturday’s home clash against Alloa Athletic.

Paul Hartley’s side have had a fantastic season so far after winning promotion from the Third Division in May.

The Wasps are closest challengers to league leaders Queen of the South, who are currently running away with the title with 60 points. Alloa, who have 42, are 10 ahead of Forfar and have a good track record against the Loons so far this season after beating them twice - once at home and once away.

Campbell said: “I’m really looking forward to Alloa on Saturday. They have had a remarkable season so far after just coming up from the Third Division.

“It is a target of mine to close them down and get a victory against them.”

Meanwhile, Odmar Faeroe, who missed out on Saturday with injury, will travel to Thailand with the Faroe Islands on Thursday for a week-long trip culminating in a full international against Thailand on February 21. Due to this he will miss the next two games.

Dale Hilson and Willie Robertson who have both been struggling with injury may be fit.

There was some good news on the injury front when Keith Gibson returned from long term injury in a closed door game against Dundee North end last Tuesday.

Jack Hamilton is now back with Hearts at end of his loan spell and has just signed another year-long contract for the club.