Loons are ready for Arbroath

AFTER the disappointment of seeing Saturday’s away game to Albion Rovers called off, Forfar Athletic are ready for Arbroath, writes Sarah McLean.

The Loons were on a good run before the call off and picked up 10 points after a possible 12 in their last four games.

Their recent form saw them pick up 4-2 and 3-1 wins over Albion Rovers and Stranraer respectively with their last competitive result a 3-3 draw against Stenhousemuir after coming from behind.

Looking ahead to Saturday, Loons boss Dick Campbell is confident they will do a good job as the fight for the play-off spot continues, he said: “Hopefully it will be on and it will be a decent match between two teams fighting for the fourth place spot.

“Arbroath have had a great season so far and their manager and assistant manager are both good guys.

“We have been playing really well recently and taken 10 points from 12 in our last four games.

“Local derbies are local derbies we will be ready for it.”

This will be the teams final league encounter this season and so far the results have been mixed.

Back in September, Forfar did well to take a point and a 1-1 draw in what was one of their most frustrating games this season when they were down to nine men.

At Station Park in mid-December, the Loons took another point.

But after January’s 3-1 defeat at Gayfield, Dick Campbell’s side will be looking for their first win against the Lichties this season despite the frustration of last Saturday’s postponement.

Campbell continued: “We have a friendly game tonight against Kirrie Thistle (Tuesday) but it was just a pity that the game was called off on Saturday.

“We were doing well and then we don’t have a game for two weeks.

“But I’m looking forward to Saturday.”

Arbroath suffered a similar fate on Saturday when their home tie against Stenhousemuir was called off.

Their recent results have been mixed as they recorded a 1-1 draw against Queen of the South, a 1-0 win over East Fife and a 4-1 defeat to Ayr United.

This will be one of the last derbies of the season for the Loons and the club are hoping for a big turn out from the home support.

Campbell will be missing two regulars for the Arbroath derby as Michael Bolochoweckyj is still to serve the second game of his two match suspension.

Dale Hilson will also serve a one match ban for picking up six yellow cards.

However, Odmar Faeroe will hopefully have returned fit after playing for the Faroe Islands in their 6-0 World Cup tie defeat in Vienna against Austria on Friday night.

The Albion Rovers fixture will now be played on Tuesday, April 2 with a 7.45 p.m. kick off.