Loons looking to get league season back on track

FORFAR Athletic were hoping for a cup upset but came home empty handed when they were defeated by Falkirk in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

But despite the result, Forfar showed the same spirit they did against Second Division league leaders Queen of the South a matter of weeks ago.

Reflecting on what could have been, manager Dick Campbell said his team played well for 70 minutes and that he was “absolutely gutted” with the final result.

He said: “We played really well for 70 minutes but committed the ultimate sin - we didn’t clear our lines and lost a goal to a set piece. It was very annoying

“There was a great support from the crowd - we had 300 people there and it is a great credit to the club and supporters’ club for putting on the buses. There was a fantastic support.”

Although the Loons held the First Division side to a draw by half-time, another three goals were to come in the last 25 minutes.

Falkirk opened the scoring in the 19th minute when Lyle Taylor fired in past Forfar ‘keeper Hill from eight yards.

But just two minutes later Forfar responded with a well taken penalty by Iain Campbell after Stephen Kingsley fouled Ross Campbell in the box.

With it sitting 1-1 at the break it was looking good for the Loons and hopes were high that they would be able to hold on to at least take their hosts to a re-play at Station Park.

Then in the 68th minute Stewart Murdoch headed in a Sean Higgins corner to make it 2-1.

Despite the Loons pushing on disaster struck again in the 75th minute when David Weatherson beat Hill with a low drive into the bottom corner from 12 yards out.

To add insult to injury the Bairns extended their lead even further when Taylor struck again in the 83rd minute from close range.

But despite the upset the Loons are hoping that they can now fully concentrate on getting their league season back on track after dropping to fifth in the table behind local rivals Arbroath.

This Saturday the Loons will face East Fife who are currently sitting three points behind the Station Park side in sixth place.

Campbell will be without Willie Robertson who is serving the second game of his two-match suspension.

Also out due to international action in Thailand is Odmar Faero and looking doubtful due to an injury is Dale Hilson.

This will also be Jack Hamilton’s last game as his temporary transfer from Hearts will expire after Saturday’s clash.

On a positive note Campbell is confident Rangers’ loan signing Gregor Fotheringham will feature in Saturday’s line-up along with Jordan Brown.

Forfar still had some business during the end of the transfer window last week when goalkeeper David Scott was released and subsequently signed for Linlithgow Rose.

Loan signing Gregor Fotheringham, a midfielder or defender, will be at Station Park until the end of the season.

The league match that was due to take place at Station Park on Saturday against Albion Rovers will now be played on Tuesday, February 26, with a 7.30 p.m. kick-off.