A point gained

A young Forfar fan gets a clsoe up view of Forfar's Martyn Fotheringam and Paul McLean of Berchin City in a duel for possession during the derby match at Station Park on Saturday. 'Picture by Chris Coutts.

A young Forfar fan gets a clsoe up view of Forfar's Martyn Fotheringam and Paul McLean of Berchin City in a duel for possession during the derby match at Station Park on Saturday. 'Picture by Chris Coutts.

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IT may not have been a derby match to write home about at Station Park on Saturday, but manager Dick Campbell left the ground not too unhappy (writes Alan Ducat).

He admitted it was a poor, poor game with very little in the way of goalmouth action, but, after a bad run of results which has left the Loons languishing at the bottom end of the table, at least it was a point gained - and a clean sheet recorded.

The Loons boss admitted that it wasn’t a great performance by either team, with both sides not wanting to lose the game.

“But, let’s be positive about it,” he commented. “For the first time this season we had a shut-out.

“From my point of view it’s a draw and we can build on that.

“In terms of selection the team picked itself, with players on the bench who perhaps shouldn’t have been there.

“It was a poor, poor game from a spectator’s point of view, but we got something out of it and it shows what we can do when we all work together.

“We have not won in five and that doesn’t happen very often to my team.

“We are very stretched for players at the moment but I am not going to use that as an excuse.

“Brechin City came to Forfar on the back of a great result the previous Saturday against the league leaders, so I am not too unhappy with the end result.”

Forfar may be foundering at the wrong end of the table at present, but it is shaping up to be a very tight contest with little between most of the sides.

And, as Dick Campbell says, no league title is ever won before Christmas.

“The teams up at the top end of the table have been getting the rub of the green,” he commented.

“I thought Cowdenbeath got the rub of the green against us when they were leading three-one, while the Arbroath manager’s own admission was that his side were very lucky to earn a draw against us when we played most of the game with ten men.

“But that’s what happens in football. When you are at the top things tend to go for you - although you can expect us to starting picking up again.”

Forfar will need to, for the recent dip in form has seen them plummet to join Airdrie United and Stirling Albion on the 12-point mark for the campaign - although the compactness of the division means they are only four points adrift of that fourth promotion play-off spot!

Next up for the Loons is a tricky away day at Airdrie United this Saturday, the Diamonds sure to be smarting from that seven-two thumping at Albion Rovers on Saturday.

The following Saturday (November 19) sees Forfar on that long trip south-west to face Stranraer in the third round of the Scottish Cup.