In my view 10.05.12

THE bulk of the media coverage over the past week or so has been on the local council elections.

In Angus, having scanned through the candidates standing in the eight wards, and knowing how well-oiled the SNP machine is when it comes to getting supporters out to vote, it was an event I couldn’t get all that excited about.

Yes, I was interested to learn who my local representatives would be, and what shape Angus Council was to take for the term ahead.

But I had already worked that out, almost to a T!

I felt that if the SNP were to slip up in the quest for 15 councillors it would be in Brechin or Kirriemuir - but they didn’t and, as such, deserve to be congratulated for grabbing back the reins of power locally.

What was of much more interest to me in the days leading up to the weekend was the Forfar Athletic predicament. They found themselves on the brink of slipping into a position whereby they could have faced two two-legged matches in a bid to avoid the drop back into division three.

But manager Dick Campbell, as he has done so often in the past, mobilised his troops, and got the right result at Stenhousemuir to ensure division two soccer again next campaign. Brechin City didn’t do quite so well, but they were safe anyway.

And, for me that means more mouthwatering derbies again next season - especially if Arbroath stay down! What’s more, the soccer season has ended sooner than expected - and that means I can concentrate on my cricket for a few weeks at least!