Foxy nets winner as Loons go clear of full-time rivals

Pic credit Christopher Coutts.
Pic credit Christopher Coutts.

Match-winner Martyn Fotheringham said his heart went out to old friend Ross Forsyth after the Stirling skipper lost his dad on Saturday.

Forsyth was substituted early in the second half to be given the devastating news and Foxy said football was irrelevant for him after such a tragic event.

Fotheringham, who has been pals with Ross since they were 11-year-old kids at St Johnstone, said the players were deflated by the news.

The midfielder said: “We’ve just heard the news there and football is irrelevant to me just now.

“We found out after the game, we came in happy and that’s deflated us. My heart goes out to Ross, it really does. Football’s only a game, when you’re hearing about people’s families and things, it means nothing.

“I’ve known Ross since I was about 11-years-old, we came up together at St Johnstone as youths and I knew his dad very well. He never missed a game.

“I’ve scored a good goal and we’ve won, but goals mean nothing when people are losing family members. It’s devastating news.”

Foxy grabbed the winner with a blistering headed effort on 81 minutes, the second time he’s come off the bench to score a cracker in recent weeks.

Darren Dods had put Forfar in front in the second half with a lovely finish from inside the penalty area before Steven Doris levelled matters shortly before half-time, taking advantage of some uncharacteristic poor defending.

The 2-1 victory means the Loons remain top of Scottish League One.

And Dick Campbell’s charges have increased their lead over title rivals Greenock Morton and Dunfermline Athletic after they both dropped points, drawing 2-2 with Brechin City and losing 3-1 to Airdrieonians respectively, while Stranraer beat Peterhead 4-1.

Saturday’s performance was easily Forfar’s poorest at home this season, so the ability to still earn three points in spite of that will be music to the ears of the Loons faithful.

Foxy admitted the players weren’t at their best in the top-vs-bottom clash, but said if the side could win every game despite playing poorly he would be more than happy.

He added: “It’s a great result, we got the goal but we didn’t play well.

“If we’re not playing well and still winning, we’ll take that every week.

“Obviously I’m happy that we won but I’m not going to go over the top.”