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SFL Division Three preview – 15th September 2012

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It was not long ago that we were talking about Rory McAlister as an SPL striker but with five goals already on the board and getting in and amongst the goals regularly it could be, that we will be trying to find room for other headlines this year other than the Govan club.

The headlines this week in football have been all about the Hillsborough tragedy but one near tragedy that has been missed is the car crash that has seen Elgin City goal keeper Chris Tucker in hospital fighting for his life. All at Scotzine wish him and his family well.

Game of the Day

Elgin City v Peterhead

Elgin went to Ibrox two weeks ago and lost 5-1. They did score first through Jamie Duff so there will have been the Rangers 0 Elgin City 1 headline on a scoreboard during the 90 minutes! The headline they didn’t want was a car accident that has deprived them of their goalkeeper and Ross Jack is not letting on just who else will be missing. Peterhead won 2-0 away to Montrose last time out with Rory McAlister scoring both.

Peterhead

Reported Out

Bryan Deasley; David Ross

Prediction

I did not make this my game of the day due to the tragedy but because on paper it looks by far the most interesting. The accident will either galvanise the team or remind us why football is a game. I believe that it will be an away win as Jim McInally is continuing the fine form they showed at the end of last season.

Annan Athletic v Rangers

Annan lost last time to Clyde 2-1 with Greg Thorburn equalising before Scott Chaplain decided to be highly hospitable and put into his own net. Rangers had headline starts for Dean Shiels and David Templeton as they got 3 of the 5 goals that sunk Elgin. Lee McCulloch got the other 2.

Annan Athletic

Reported In

Michael Daly

Reported Out

Graeme Bell

Reported Doubt

Jack Steele

Rangers

Reported Out

Andy Little; Anestis Argyriou

Prediction

This ought to be Rangers’ first away win of the season on the artificial pitch against a team they have never played before…

East Stirlingshire v Stirling Albion

Having struggled in their 3-0 loss against Berwick Rangers East Stirlingshire then lost 2-1 in the Ramsdens Quarter Finals at home to Cowdenbeath; Sean Kelly got the goal. The Binos lost 2-1 at home to Queen’s Park with Joshua Flood having opened the scoring but they couldn’t hold onto the lead.

East Stirlingshire

Reported In

Michael Dunlop

Reported Out

Craig Donaldson; Jamie Glasgow; Paul Quinn

Stirling Albion

Reported Out

David McClune; Kieran McAnespie; Shaun Fagan; Bradley Coyne

Prediction

The Binos have been struggling with a virus and this could open the door for John Coughlin’s side. They are struggling once again, East Stirlingshire, so a win would be rare but welcome. Oh go on I’ll go for a home win!

Montrose v Berwick Rangers

Montrose lost 2-0 away to Peterhead last time out and whilst it was not a great day at the office, losing to the league leaders as no disgrace. Berwick got a 3-0 victory at home against East Stirlingshire with Dean Hoskins, Fraser McLaren and Darren Lavery getting the goals.

Montrose

Reported In

Jamie Winter; Phil McGuire

Reported Out

Paul Watson

Berwick Rangers

Reported Out

Marc Lancaster; Stuart Noble

Prediction

Stuart Garden will be looking for Montrose to get back to winning ways and build upon good performances whilst Ian Little will be hoping to build on their last win. For me it will be a draw as I cannot see much between the two of them.

Queens Park v Clyde

The Spiders managed a 2-1 victory away to Stirling Albion as Jamie Brough and Jamie Longworth got the goals after going 1 down.  Clyde won 2-1 at home to Annan Athletic through Kevin Watt and an own goal from Scott Chaplain. That victory got Clyde to 2nd in the league.

Queens Park

Reported Out

Craig Smith; Paul Gallagher

Clyde

Reported In

Craig Winterburn; Bryan Gilfillan; Steven Masterton; Stefan McCluskey

Reported Out

Ian Gray

Prediction

Two teams on their game should be nothings short of a cracking game. I would pay to see it and think it may end up an away win… but will hope for plenty of goals or action…

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A lifelong supporter, since seeing Alex Ferguson play for them, of Ayr United he now contributes here, at KickTalk and Ringside Reports for things sporty. He is also a theatrical type and an educationalist. As an Ayr fan he clearly can explain the inexplicable, place fanatical faith in the most fantastic of dreams and deal with dark periods of depression and disappointment. Perfect as a teacher..

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