Looking ahead to derby clash

CELEBRATIONS: Forfar Athletic are hoping to continue their good work with another league win this Saturday against Brechin City.
CELEBRATIONS: Forfar Athletic are hoping to continue their good work with another league win this Saturday against Brechin City.

forfar Athletic ensured three points on Saturday with a 3-2 win against Stenhousemuir.

And with another two Second Division matches this week, the club is confident of more good results.

Speaking after the win against Stenhousemuir, Forfar manager Dick Campbell, said: “I thought it was a great game, very open and both sides played some great football. We played some lovely stuff in the first half.

“But we gave away silly goals. And all credit to Stenny, they came right back into the match. But I thought we deserved to win and if we had been much more clinical with our chances, we could have had it wrapped up.”

Forfar were forced into several changes through injuries which are plaguing them, including ‘keeper Derek Soutar who called off in the morning of the game.

“We had a lot of players missing today so this was a great result for us.”

As the Dispatch and Herald went to press the Loons were preparing to face league leaders Queen of the South at home and Brechin City at Glebe Park on Saturday.

Forfar Athletic head to Brechin for a local derby in which the home side, unbeaten under Ray McKinnon prior to their rescheduled visit to Coatbridge on Tuesday, will be all out to avenge their 1-0 defeat at Station Park in September.

Loon’s manager Dick Campbell is hoping that Derek Soutar, Steven Tulloch and Danny Denholm, all of whom were doubtful for the visit of Queen of the South on Tuesday, will have recovered in time. That scenario would give him a luxury of choice for his final line-up for the short trip to Glebe Park for the first time in months.

Campbell continued: “With local derbies the winner always gets the bragging rights.

“It will always be a tight game and Brechin have a new manager in so they will be on a high right now.

“We have gone through a wee blip with our league results and performances but we played well on Saturday past so bring them on.”

Both teams will be keen to register a win in advance of highly important Scottish Cup ties the following Saturday. Ayr United are the visitors to Station Park in the battle for a last 16 slot that afternoon in what is the only senior fixture in Tayside that day and the Forfar directors are hoping that locals will turn out in larger than usual numbers to watch a team that have been playing great football on the superb new playing surface for most of the season.

Meanwhile, Forfar Athletic have extended the emergency temporary transfer of 21-year-old midfield player James Craigan from Partick Thistle until early January.

James played only two games in his initial loan spell, following his sending off in the 4-1 defeat at Stranraer which incurred a two-match ban.

Manager Dick Campbell saw enough in those two games and in training however to give the former Edinburgh University player an extended stint at Station Park.