Forfar continue to catch the eye

Chris Templeman continued his excellent early season form with two more goals in Forfar's victory at Stirling Albion on Saturday.'Pictue by Chris Coutts, Forfar.
Chris Templeman continued his excellent early season form with two more goals in Forfar's victory at Stirling Albion on Saturday.'Pictue by Chris Coutts, Forfar.

FORFAR Athletic are rapidly moving into the promotion picture in the Scottish second division following a third successive victory.

Dick Campbell’s men have put a sticky start behind them as they continue to catch the eye with some great passing football.

And, unlike the previous week, when they could muster but one goal despite enjoying 75 per cent of possession at Brechin, the Loons won by a more decisive margin at Stirling Albion on Saturday past.

They controlled the first period and were worth far more than the one-all score-line at that stage of the game would suggest.

But, they found their shooting boots in the second period to fire themselves into a winning position, fully meriting a four-two winning margin.

Once again, the on-loan youngsters were on top form, centre back Joe Shaughnessy and left-winger Nicky Low among the goals, the other two coming from striker Chris Templeman.

The manager made only the one change to the starting line-up following the impressive showing at Glebe Park the previous Saturday, Craig Wilson coming in for Kevin Byers.

And, there was a place on the bench for yet another on-loan player from Aberdeen, midfielder Jordon Brown.

Chris Templeman had Forfar’s first real chance of the game but he was denied by Devon Jacobs.

And despite their early dominance, it was Stirling Albion who nearly took the lead, a Darren Smith attempt hitting off the top of the crossbar.

As the visitors continued on the ascendancy Joe Shaughnessy headed a Fotheringham free-kick just wide, before, in 34 minutes opening the scoring.

This time fellow Dons loan player Nicky Low flighted a corner high into the box and Shaughnessy was perfectly placed to head home.

Soon after, Chris Templeman saw a shot crack off the crossbar, the same player then scooping a shot just past the post.

Just when it looked as if Forfar would go into the break with a well-earned lead, Stirling Albion were awarded a penalty, as John Crawley was brought down in the box.

Scott Davidson took responsibility and he duly sent keeper Adam McHugh the wrong way.

Following a shaky ten-minute spell at the start of the second period, Forfar regained control of the game and it was no surprise then they went in the lead for the second time.

Fotheringham floated in from a corner and keeper Filler ran right under it, leaving Templeman with the simple task of poking home.

Nicky Low then pounced onto a Mark McCulloch long ball and cleverly dinked it past Brian Allison, before coolly slotting it past goalkeeper Filler, to put Forfar three-one in front with 15 minutes to go.

Three minutes later and it was four, Chris Templeman netting his second of the afternoon with a brilliant side foot finish.

Darren Smith was to get what turned out to be nothing more than a late consolation for the Binos, as Forfar held out for a thoroughly deserved three points.

Stirling Albion - Filler, Jacobs, Allison, Thom, McCulloch, Flood (McSorley), Smith, Fagan, Crawley (Nicholas), Davieson and McLeish (Cook).

Forfar Athletic - McHugh, Ross, McCulloch, Shaughnessy, Tulloch (Bolocheweckyj), Fotheringham, Mowat, Wilson (Hegarty), Low (Gibson), Templeman and Crawford.