GETTING THERE!

FORFAR Athletic have made a sparkling start to the new season - clinching places in the second round of the two early cup competitions.

And, with each passing match the Loons are getting better and better.

If they looked a little ring-rusty in their penalty shoot-out victory over Buckie Thistle a week past Saturday they were certainly a well-oiled machine in their two-nil demolition job of big spenders Peterhead on Saturday past.

The victory over the Highland League champs has earned the Loons a mouth-watering home tie against first division Greenock Morton in the second round of the Ramsdens tourney - that game set to go ahead on Tuesday evening of next week with a 7.30 pm kick-off.

But first up will be the opening league game at home to Cowdenbeath this coming Saturday and, if the Loons can continue where they finished off in their Scottish Communities League Cup joust with Peterhead at the weekend, then they will be in with a big chance of getting off to a division two flier.

Forfar assistant boss Ian Campbell was high in his praise of both sides for the way they went about their business in entertaining fashion on Saturday.

“I tend not to comment too much on the opposition, but Peterhead are a good strong side, dangerous up front and they gave as a stern test,” said Ian, who was standing in for brother Dick, who is recuperating after undergoing a minor operation last midweek.”

“However, I felt we thoroughly deserved the win. We are beginning to look a bit better. That’s the key to what we have been looking for.

“Dick and I have been saying that we are a wee bit behind in terms of the pre-season but we are getting there.

“The back five played well and won the individual battles. They were tight and I certainly couldn’t see Peterhead scoring in the second half.

“In the middle of the park we were compact and in the wide areas we kept possession, while the connection from the midfield to the front was very good.

“We created a lot of chances and scored two good goals. At times we were different class - and that’s more like us.

“Hopefully, we can go on improving. We are on a journey and that’s us through the first round of two cup competitions.

“Against Peterhead, that could have been a banana skin for us, for they have good players, as they showed at times. But, in the end, we ran out deserved winners.

“It was the first time this season that we had almost all our players available.

“Iain Campbell and Michael Bolochoweskyj missed out through injury but both should be available for Saturday.”

Ian was also full of praise for new goalkeeper Grant Adam, who is in on loan from Glasgow Rangers until the turn of the year.

“He is a good young goalkeeper. He is strong and is settling in and, between him and Greg Paterson, there should be keen competition for the jersey in the season ahead.

“Dick and I will also be looking to strengthen other areas of the team in the coming weeks.”