Around the grounds

This week past saw an end to festive football for yet another year, although some teams enjoyed it more than others, writes Sarah McLean.

Forfar Athletic have dropped to fourth in the Second Division table after being leapfrogged by Brechin City. While the Loons were confident going into their two matches last week the results did not go their way and they were defeated by Brechin City and Stenhousemuir.

Derby day came to Station Park on Wednesday, January 2. Although Forfar Athletic looked the stronger side to begin with, Ray McKinnon’s Brechin were better by far in the second half to win 4-1.

Dick Campbell’s side had yet more bad luck on Saturday when they lost 2-0 to Stenhousemuir.

With another home fixture to look forward to this weekend against Ayr United the Loons will be hoping to get back on form.

Brechin City fought back against Alloa Athletic on Saturday after being 2-1 down at the break. However, two second half goals from Trouten and Jackson saw them take the three points for themselves and a comfortably third place spot in the table.

Brechin will travel to Bayview on Saturday to face East Fife.

Arbroath had mixed fortunes over the New Year period. While they won 1-0 over East Fife on January 2 they were not so fortunate away to league leaders Queen of the South on Saturday.

Paul Sheerin’s side suffered a 5-1 roasting, despite leading 1-0 throughout the first half, and against 10 men.

The Lichties will be hoping to redeem themselves this Saturday, but they face another tough tie as they welcome Alloa Athletic to Gayfield.

In the Third Division, Montrose are still riding high in their best season in years. They are back in third position in the table after defeating Peterhead 1-0 on Saturday. The win went a long way to picking up their spirits after a disappointing 1-3 defeat to Berwick on Wednesday.

Now, Montrose are looking ahead to Saturday’s away day to Galabank to face Annan Athletic.