Honest men end their Forfar hoodoo

FORFAR Athletic’s run of bad luck continued on Saturday when they lost 2-1 against Ayr United - a team they have defeated three times this season.

Boss Dick Campbell was bitterly disappointed with the goals conceded by his team in the 2-1 reverse although could take some positives from their overall display.

He said after the match: “I saw Ayr United during the week and they were very unlucky against Brechin and you would not argue had they won the match.

“It was a poor goal we lost. It was one-way traffic in the second half, Ayr are a counter-attack team and we had about 75 per cent of possession. Their ‘keeper and centre-half were outstanding for them. We didn’t create an awful lot although we had so many crosses into the box although in fairness to Ayr they defended really well.

“I was very disappointed with the goal we lost in the second half, their player got in between our keeper and a defender. Ayr are a reasonable team and I don’t see them in any trouble, they are playing for their livelihoods. Mark has the basis of a reasonable team there.

“They scored on the counter attack although we were on top in the game.

“I was extremely happy with the way we went about our job in the second half, that’s what we should have done in the first half, we had an awful lot of pressure.”

Last night, as the Dispatch and Herald went to press Forfar faced Albion Rovers at Station Park in their only rearranged fixture so far this season.

Going into the game, Forfar had a good record against the Cliftonhill men this season, recording wins on the two occasions they have met so far.

On Saturday, the Loons will welcome ninth placed Stranraer to Station Park.

Campbell’s men have met the promoted side twice so far this season with mixed fortunes.

Way back at the start of the season on August 18, the Loons recorded a 4-0 win with goals from Gavin Swankie, Danny Denholm, Martyn Fotheringham and a Stranraer own goal.

But the Station Park men were not so fortunate when they travelled to Stair Park on October 27 and home side took the three points following a 4-1 win.

This time around Forfar will be looking to make amends for their most recent result and get back on winning form.