Point for Loons after derby

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Forfar Athletic have taken four points out of a possible six this week with a fine win against Ayr United and a draw against Brechin City.

The results see them remain sixth in the SPFL League One table with Brechin City hot on their heels just a point behind.

Speaking after the derby draw Loons boss Dick Campbell said: “We played really well on Tuesday and thoroughly deserved our victory but today I don’t think we even passed the ball.

“Conditions had a lot to do with it but it still didn’t look as if we passed the ball today and I thought we were fortunate.

“It was a great goal from Hilson but it was a bad mistake on our part to let Jackson through for their goal.

“I don’t think Brechin had a lot of goal scoring chances, I think Hilson’s goal was great.

“But I think if we won the game it would have been a false result.

“So I’m really disappointed in the way we played. We actually looked tired, we never looked sharp for the whole game.

He continued: “If you’d seen us during the week we were a good, compact side but Brechin just applied themselves better.

“However, we didn’t get beat so we’re still numerically better off than Brechin and we have a few games in hand so we need to get on with it.”

Brechin boss Ray McKinnon said: “We had six players out missing today and I had two on the bench.

“We had to play young Darren Petrie at left back who I thought was excellent, we brought Gregg Cameron in out of the cold - he’s not played for months - but he’s a fantastic footballer and he showed that today.

“So I’m disappointed with the result. I think we dominated from start to finish. Forfar had one chance in the first half and one shot in the second and scored.

“On top of that I think we had numerous chances, we passed the ball better.”

The Loons were set to face Stranraer away on Tuesday night as the Dispatch and Herald went to press with the Stair Park side making the return journey this Saturday.

On Tuesday Campbell had few injury worries; Martyn Fotheringham made a quick recovery after coming off on Saturday while Stuart Malcolm will face a late fitness test.

Odmar Færø returned from international duty nursing an injury and a decision was due to be made on Tuesday morning as to whether he would travel to Stranraer.

The Stair Park side have had a fantastic season in both league and cup competitions so far.

On Saturday their otherwise strong record met a blip with a 5-0 defeat to Ayr United but their play-off spot still looks a certainty.

Key to their success has been the striking partnership of Jamie Longworth and Martin Grehan with 38 goals between them to date.

Meanwhile Forfar Athletic youngster Duncan Reid has been farmed out on a temporary transfer for the second time this season to gain valuable match time.He has joined East Junior Super League outfit Carnoustie Panmure until the end of the season, having been on loan during the first half of the campaign at Montrose Roselea.