Loons in midweek trip to Arbroath

FORFAR V ARBROATH: Chris Templeman against Arbroath last season.
FORFAR V ARBROATH: Chris Templeman against Arbroath last season.

AN ANGUS derby is on the cards in the second round of the Ramsdens Cup (writes Sarah McLean).

On Tuesday, August 14 Forfar Athletic will travel to Gayfield for what will be their 137th meeting.

With both teams now in the second division they meet four times a season but cup ties always bring that something extra to play for.

Last season brought a win for the Loons, two victories for Arbroath and a draw.

The first game of the season, on October 15 brought the 1-1 draw. The next two games, on February 11 and February 22 both brought defeats for the Forfar side at 4-2 and 4-1 respectively.

Forfar got their only win against the Lichties last season on April 14 with a scoreline of 1-0.

Historically, results have gone in favour of Forfar Athletic with 51 wins to Arbroath’s 49.

There have been 36 draws between them.

When it comes to goals, however, Arbroath have the edge scoring 252 to Forfar’s 225.

Forfar Athletic got through to the second round on a high following their 3-2 victory over Dunfermline Athletic.

However, they faced crushing disappointment this weekend past when they lost out on the second round of the Scottish Communities League Cup with a 2-0 defeat against Partick Thistle.

Arbroath won 7-5 against Elgin City in what was probably the most exciting game of the first round.

They followed this up with an eventual 3-2 win over Stirling Albion after penalties.

If pre-season performances are to be taken into account, Forfar Athletic have the upper hand.

Arbroath won two out of their four games with a 3-1 win over Highland League side Keith and a 1-0 win over a Dundee United XI.

They lost out 1-0 to Cove Rangers and 5-1 to Aberdeen.

Forfar on the other hand won every single one of their pre-season matches.

With all their pre-season matches away Forfar started well with a 3-0 win over third division side Montrose.

They followed this with a 7-2 win over Cove Rangers, a 5-2 win over Preston Athletic, a 2-0 win over Heriot-Watt University and a 4-0 win over Huntly to finish their campaign.

Both sides have done much to boost their squads this summer with Forfar Athletic aquiring two of last season’s Arbroath team.

Gavin Swankie, described as a “major coup for the club” by manager Dick Campbell was one of the first signings made by Forfar Athletic in the close season.

Throughout pre-season and the two cup games he has done much to impress those involved with the club and the fans.

Keith Gibson also made the move across Angus in the summer bringing a wealth of experience with him.