Chris leads the way in Forfar win

HOT SHOT: Forfar Athletic's leading marksman for the season, Chris Templeman, was on fire at Ochilview on Saturday, scoring twice as Forfar recorded their first league victory since mid-September.'Picture by Chris Coutts, Forfar.
HOT SHOT: Forfar Athletic's leading marksman for the season, Chris Templeman, was on fire at Ochilview on Saturday, scoring twice as Forfar recorded their first league victory since mid-September.'Picture by Chris Coutts, Forfar.

Chris Templeman was on the mark with a brace on Saturday, as Forfar Athletic recorded their first league victory since mid-September.

Twice Chris hit back to level after Stenhousemuir had gone in front at Ochilview, substitute Martyn Fotheringham grabbing the winning goal in the dying seconds of the game.

The three points weren’t enough to get the Loons off bottom spot in the Scottish second division, but it does keep them in with every chance of overhauling the teams just above them in the league, especially with three home games in succession to look forward to.

Facing promotion-chasing Stenhousemuir on their own patch is never an easy fixture, and the Loons must have been thinking the worst when the home side took the lead just before the break and again twenty minutes from time.

But they showed great battling qualities to pull a result out of the fire, a first win in the league since that four-two success at Stirling Albion away back on September 17.

There wasn’t a great deal to get excited about for the first half hour or so of the game, but the match burst into life in the lead-up to the break.

The Warriors took the lead in the 42nd minute when Ross McMillan flashed a Sean Dickson corner into the net.

But Forfar hit back almost immediately, Chris Templeman rising to meet a Nicky Low cross to grab the leveller.

Stenhousemuir regained the lead in the 71st minute, courtesy of an own goal, Marc McCulloch steering a Grant Plenderleith cross into his own net. But Forfar were far from giving up, manager Dick Campbell bringing on Martyn Fotheringham, Kevin Byers and Kevin Motion for Steven Tulloch, Greg Ross and David Mowat.

And, with ten minutes to go, Chris Templeman had the visitors back on level terms for a second time, Chris Templeman picking his spot after the goalkeeper had fumbled a Dale Hilson cross.

That set up a tense finale, and it was the Loons who made sure of all three points when they struck in the 90th minute.

Nicky Low caused havoc in the Stenhousemuir defence and his cut-back was met by Martyn Fotheringham who drilled into the net.

It was a welcome victory for the Loons following a period of frustration.

They haven’t been playing all that badly of late - but haven’t exactly enjoyed the rub of the green.

Hopefully the result will see them turn the corner and start to climb back up the table in the weeks ahead.

Stenhousemuir - McCluskey, Lyle, Corrigan, McMillan, McKinlay, Ferguson, Campbell (Iain Thomson), McHale, Dickson (Lawson), Paul Quinn (Plenderleith) and Kean.

Forfar Athletic - McCallum, McCulloch, Bolocheweckyj, Shaughnessy, Tulloch (Fotheringham), Ross Campbell, Ross (Byers), Mowat (Motion), Low, Templeman and Hilson