FORFAR Athletic are back breathing down the necks of the second division front-runners after an indifferent start to the campaign (writes Alan Ducat).
Back-to-back league wins take them on to the seven point mark, five adrift of Arbroath, and tucked in behind the likes of Cowdenbeath, Stenhousemuir and Stirling Albion.
Saturday past’s derby victory over Brechin City at the Glebe was much more emphatic than the slender one-nil score-line would suggest.
Dick Campbell’s team, bolstered by the inclusion in the starting line-up of on-loan Aberdeen youngsters Nicky Low and Joe Shaughnessy, were far too good for the home side.
The Loons’ slick passing had City chasing shadows for long spells in the game, and the game should have been put to bed long before Chris Templeman fired home what was to prove the winner just after the hour mark.
Dick Campbell was delighted with the way his players went about their task after the break for international football, although he admitted to being very disappointed that there was only the one goal in it.
“It was a fabulous performance,” he commented. “We had 75% of the play, didn’t concede and won the game through a good Chris Templeman goal.
“We had three great chances in the first half, while Brechin were limited to just the one. And, in the second half we created about ten chances.
“However, I have no complaints. We deserved to win the game against the favourites to win the title.
“We passed the ball about really well and I thought the two youngsters were magnificent. You have to remember that Shaughnessy is just 18 and Low is only 17, but they both did really well, their manager Craig Brown and assistant boss Archie Knox at the game to see them in action.
“If I had a concern it was that our only goal came from a set-piece. I would like to see us creating more from open play, but that is something we will continue to work hard on.
“However, to win a local derby at Brechin is never easy and I am very happy for everyone at Forfar.
“That’s us back up and running after a sticky start and we will continue to try and build from there.”
Forfar went into the game with a few injury doubts, Ross and Iain Campbell and Kevin Motion all out. Their return will strengthen the squad and the competition for places in the face of some tough league games to come.
Next up for Forfar is a trip to Forthbank Stadium, to take on a Stirling Albion side that is a point better off than Forfar at this stage of the season.
The next home match is a week on Saturday, when Dumbarton come to Station Park.