Around the grounds

WITH most clubs looking at just eight league games until the end of the season competition is hotting up.

In Angus it looks as though only the fates of Brechin City and Montrose will remain unchanged in the Second and Third Divisions respectively.

Arbroath are certain to have a play-off spot and could go up to the First Division for next season while Forfar are hovering dangerously close to the drop-zone back into the Third Division.

Meanwhile, this past weekend’s action saw a derby, two wins, a draw and a loss among the local sides.

First up Forfar Athletic were spot on against a poor Brechin City side on derby day and did well to get the 4-1 win despite a number of injury troubles.

Montrose suffered a home draw that felt like a loss against Berwick Rangers when they let go of their 1-0 lead in the 80th minute.

Finally, the other win was to come from Arbroath who extended their unbeaten run to 11 games with a two-nil win over Dumbarton.

There was quarter-final cup action close to home on Sunday when Dundee United were sent out of the William Hill Scottish Cup at Tannadice against Celtic.

Although the home side had started well they were down to 10 men after just half an hour due to Robbie Neilson being sent off and it was from there that the game started to unravel.

Elsewhere in the Scottish Cup Hibs defeated Ayr United 2-0 at Somerset Park on Saturday while Aberdeen sent Motherwell out after a 2-1 win on Sunday.

Hearts were held to a 2-2 draw by St Mirren on Saturday and a replay will be held at St Mirren Park on March 21.