Game of the Day
Queen of the South v Alloa Athletic
The form team comes up against a team that have shown signs they can make a decent fist of it in this league. The Doonhamers victory against Brechin City was thanks to goals from Chris Higgins, Derek Lyle and a Willie Gibson penalty. Alloa had Kevin Cawley, Martin Grehan and Graeme Holmes to thank in their win at home to Stranraer.
Queen of the South
Noel Makambo-Eboma; Kevin Cawley
Queens to continue marching on but this will probably be quite a tight game.
Ayr United v Brechin City
The win away from home has lifted pressure from the shoulders of Mark Roberts and his deputy Davie White but it was far from plain sailing. 2 goals from David Sinclair and 1 from Kyle McAusland got the points. Roberts did mention “we made some daft decisions”, none more so than allowing East Fife back in. Jim Weir was “highly disappointed” in Brechin’s display meanwhile at home to the league leaders, Queen of the South. A 3-0 loss was bad enough but they were brushed aside.
Gerry McLauchlan; Ryan Stewart; Craig Molloy; Derek Carcary
Allan Smith (Possible loanee from Dunfermline)
Alan Trouten; Ross Fisher (On loan from Kilmarnock); Kurtis Byrne (On loan from Ross County)
Darren Brownlie; Michael McGowan; Martyn Campbell; Anthony Merenghi;
Confidence is not high at Somerset Park and going into this game they need at least a point to continue to steady the ship. Brechin have some making up to do to their gaffer and this makes them difficult opponents. It is a difficult one to call and I will not be surprised whatever the result. For me though heart home win; head draw.
Forfar Athletic v Albion Rovers
Forfar drew last weekend 1-1 away to Arbroath with Michael Bolochoweckyj having put them ahead but they couldn’t hold on. Bolochoweckyj and Stephen Tulloch made the job harder by being sent off. Rovers had a breathless 8 goal thriller at home as they drew with Stenhousemuir. Their goals came from David Crawford with 2, Mark McGuigan and Gary Phillips.
Michael Bolochoweckyj; Stephen Tulloch; Iain Campbell; Keith Gibson; Jamie Bishop
Chris McCluskey; Alan Reid; Michael O’Byrne; Kevin Green; Chris Boyle
Another hard one to predict though the loss of so many key personnel for Forfar may just swing it and the wee Rovers could sneak a wee win here.
Stenhousemuir v Arbroath
A Stewart Kean hat trick and another for Andy Rodgers meant the Warriors left Coatbridge with a point but it really should have been 3. Ahead in the game twice it took a 90th minute leveller from on fire striker Kean to allow them to keep something. Martyn Corrigan said it felt like a defeat. They then took Inverness all the way in the Scottish Communities League Cup with a remarkable display. Ironically it was a penalty for Stenny that kept them in the game from Brown Ferguson but their penalties in the shoot out lost them the tie. Arbroath meanwhile drew away to Forfar thanks to another penalty – this time from Steven Dorris. Forfar went down to 9 men but the Smokies couldn’t break them down and were apparently lucky to have 11 men left themselves!
Eric Paton; Callum Reidford
Tony Bullock; Darren Hill; Danny Denholm
Forfar have key people missing and Stenny will feel the effects of that epic midweek cup tie. It could end up a tired game of chess that is anyone’s to win. The momentum of their performances ought to take the Warriors through… but their performances have been without the right reward…
Stranraer v East Fife
The Blues were comfortably beaten by Alloa last week whilst regular number 1 David Mitchell was red carded and though Stranraer defended well they didn’t mount a hill of beans in attack. East Fife lost 3-2 at home in the basement clash with Ayr United as Jamie Pollock and Bobby Barr with an absolute screamer got their goals and what they thought was a share of the spoils.
David Mitchell; David MacGregor; Michael Moore
Michael Brown; David White; Andrew Crook
Stranraer have not lost at home this season in the league and I reckon that will continue today…