Loons to the four

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Struggling Stirling Albion were put to the sword by title-chasing Forfar Athletic as the Loons ran out 4-0 winners on Saturday.

Goals from Dale Hilson, Chris Templeman and Omar Kader added to Chris Smith’s own goal gave the Loons their biggest victory of the season.

And while the victory helped them make up some ground on Stranraer in terms of goal difference, the Blues remain top of League One after a 2-1 win at Peterhead.

Stephen Aitken’s side have 58 points, Greenock Morton are on 57 following their own 4-0 victory over Dunfermline Athletic, and Forfar are also on 57.

Goalscorer Hilson was elated to find himself back on the scoresheet after he opened the scoring with a gorgeous lobbed effort from 18 yards.

Dale said: “Every game is a big game now so it’s a great three points. They weren’t good conditions but it’s the same for both teams, and we’ve managed to get the win which is all you can ask for at this stage of the season. The wind was terrible in the first half and seemed to die down for stages of the second.

“Stirling started well, they pinned us in a wee bit then we’ve managed to go and get a couple of goals which really eased us into the game. We played really well in stages when we got the ball down on the ground, we made a few changes and fortunately we managed to take a few of them.

“I’m happy just to get a goal again, obviously the result’s the most important thing but I like to score goals myself personally. Foxy’s played a great ball through for me and he’s capable of doing that, I saw the keeper coming out and it’s just sit up nicely for me to hit it; thankfully it’s went in.”

The relegation-bound Binos have never played to their lowly billing against Forfar Athletic this season and it was the same again this time as Stuart McLaren’s side began the game well on top.

Indeed they would have felt very unfortunate not to have been a goal or two ahead when the hosts scored two quickfire goals against the run of play.

It was a display of clinical finishing from the Loons as they slaughtered Stirling on the counter attack throughout the afternoon.

Dale was full of praise for Saturday’s opponents.

He continued: “Every time we’ve played them they’ve played really well against us. They’re a decent side and I’m really surprised they are where they are.

“We weren’t really thinking about the goal difference, we’re just looking to win every game.

“If we keep doing our bit and focusing on ourselves, the results will hopefully come every week.

“The boys were clinical, we’ve created a few chances and we’ve scored some good goals. I never saw Omar’s goal, I was still on the ground after playing the ball through.

“The boys did really well and it’s a great win.”

Hilson added that the players are acutely aware of how tight the League One title race is turning out to be, but said he believes no team can handle Forfar when they play at their best.

He also said that while other results will matter, the Loons are keeping their focus on their own fortunes.

Dale added: “ The title race is obviously really tight but we’re just setting out to win every game.

“Every game’s a tough one for us now but if we play to our best, keep the ball on the deck and move it around, not many teams can handle us.”