Big week for Loons

THE PLAY OFF RACE IS ON: Loons boss Dick Campbell and assistant manager Ian Campbell.
THE PLAY OFF RACE IS ON: Loons boss Dick Campbell and assistant manager Ian Campbell.

IT IS a big week for Forfar Athletic this week as they look to get back into the top four, writes Sarah McLean.

On Saturday, the Loons recorded a 3-2 win against East Fife with two goals from Gavin Malin and Gavin Swankie clinching the winner with less than 10 minutes to go.

Loons boss Dick Campbell said: “I think we played very, very well against East Fife on Saturday.

“I think anyone who was at the game would have said we were well on top throughout the game. If I’m being honest I think we could have won by much more.

“But in the last quarter of the season it is all about points.

“And I’m absolutely delighted to have won our last two games.”

Last week, Forfar recorded a 2-1 win over Albion Rovers, which took them into fourth place. However, as Arbroath recorded a draw against Stenhousemuir the following night, the Loons were pushed back down to fifth.

Wins for both sides on Saturday meant that Arbroath remained in fourth.

However, last night as the Dispatch and Herald went to press, third placed Brechin City were due to host Forfar Athletic at Glebe Park.

Speaking ahead of the Brechin City game last night (Tuesday), Campbell was hoping to go back into fourth ahead of close rivals Arbroath. He said: “It’s a big, big local derby for us.

“I have a few problems as Michael Dunlop and Stephen Tulloch both have hamstring problems.

“Bolochoweckyj is back after suspension though.

“And it was good to get Odmar Faeroe into a game on Saturday.

“Hopefully we can take advantage of the game in hand against Arbroath and get a win.”

Looking ahead to this Saturday the Loons know they have a tough task ahead of them against Alloa Athletic.

Paul Hartley’s side has had a fantastic season in the Second Division after being promoted last summer.

They have dominated the second place spot for the majority of the season and have provded a tough side against the Loons in their three previous meetings.

The two sides met for the first tie this season back in October when, despite a close run match, Alloa took the three points after a 3-2 win. Both Forfar goals came from Danny Denholm.

Two months later Forfar failed to take any points again when Alloa took a 2-1 scoreline and a home win. Chris Templeman scored the Forfar goal.

On February 16 the Loons could have taken a win but a late goal for the visitors meant that Alloa made it a hat trick of wins when the end result stood at 1-0.

However, with a run of good results behind them and a determination to get into the play off spots the Loons are confident for Saturday.

Campbell said: “I’ll look ahead to Saturday after the derby.

“But Alloa will be a difficult side and I think by then they will have done enough to secure their place in the play offs.”

Forfar’s next home game will be on Saturday, April 20 against Second Division Champions Queen of the South.

Loons Lottery

THIS week’s Loons Lottery numbers were as follows: 1, 4, 7, 9, 19, 20.

There was no jackpot winner but five £20 consolation prizes went to the follows: A. Stephen, Montrose; R. Roebuck, Forfar; M. McGregor, Kirrie; G. Allan, Forfar; C. Harrow, Friockheim.

Next week it will be six from 21 for £1,250.