FRUSTRATING TIMES

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A SEASON of frustration continues for Forfar Athletic Football Club.

Having come out of the cold to get one match under the belt for 2011 last midweek, Dick Campbell’s men were sidelined by frost on Saturday past when Station Park was, once again, deemed unplayable.

Looking on the bright side, at least the Loons can boast a one hundred per cent record for the new year, courtesy of that fine come-back win at Dumbarton last Tuesday evening.

The Loons had to come from a goal down to claim all three points in the first league outing since mid-November.

Chris Templeman volleyed a shot off the crossbar before Dumbarton took the lead in 26 minutes – Pat Walker converting a Derek Carcary cross from the left.

But Forfar came roaring back in the second period to score twice within a minute.

First Barry Sellars sent Bryan Deasley racing clear with a 60-yard pass, and although the winger was crowded out, Martyn Fotheringham was on hand to bundle home the loose ball. Sixty seconds later Deasley sneaked in behind a static home defence to round the keeper and slot home what was to prove the winner.

It was a good three points to pick up against the bottom dogs, and the result keeps Forfar well within range of a promotion play-off spot - especially if they can make their games in hand count over the next few weeks and months!

The matches will come thick and fast once the Loons can get going and, at the time of going to press on Tuesday (yesterday), there were reasonable hopes of the first competitive action at Station Park that same evening, with East Fife due in town.

By the time you are reading this - and assuming the game got the thumbs up - you will know the result.

Next up for the men from Station Park will be a trip to Ochilview to take on Stenhousemuir this coming Saturday.

Forfar will face a heavy schedule without two key men - defenders Andy Tod and Paul Lunan having left the club.

Paul Lunan’s current employment involves weekend shift work, which would have made him unavailable for Saturday games, while captain Andy Tod is joining the police, and is expected to be officially released later this week.

Forfar have, of course, brought in former Dunfermline defender Greg Ross, who is seen as a replacement for Lunan.

No imminent further additions to the squad are expected - especially with finances tight as a result of the lack of match action over the winter months - although manager Dick Campbell will have the option of going down the emergency loan route later in the season if injuries and/or suspensions leave him short in certain areas.