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SFL Division Two Preview– 15th September 2012

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Game of the Day

Forfar Athletic v Brechin City

Dick Campbell’s men are on a roll and with a 4-0 win away at Stenhousemuir the international break may have come at the wrong time for them. Stephen Tulloch, Iain Campbell with a penalty, Danny Denholm and Chris Templeman got all 4 goals and will be looking to get back in the groove today. Brechin were losers in a 3-1 home loss to Alloa Athletic. Andy Jackson got their consolation and Jim Weir needs to get them back on track.

Forfar Athletic

Reported In

Odmar Faeroe

Reported Out

Marc McCulloch; Jamie Bishop

Reported Doubt

Charlie King

Brechin City

FULLY FIT SQUAD!

Prediction

Forfar on fire against Brechin in the doldrums – can there be any other result than a home swoop? Actually there can be and I expect that Weir’s side who take the field for the first time this season without leaving people on the treatment table and I think that will be significant.

Albion Rovers v Stranraer

A first half double from Craig Malcolm saw Stranraer take all the points at home against Ayr United a fortnight ago and Keith Knox was as happy that his team defended the lead effectively in the 2nd half as he was they got the goals in the 1st. Albion Rovers got their first goal of the season last time out through a Jordan Foster own goal but Keiran Brannan got the winner in the 62nd in their 2-1 victory.

Albion Rovers

Reported In

Mark McGuigan

Reported Out

Jamie Gilmartin; Michael O’Byrne; Kevin Green

Reported Doubt

Barry Russell

Stranraer

Reported In

Frank McGeown

Reported Out

Michael Moore; David McGregor

Prediction

An away win methinks as the wee Rovers will struggle this year. I think though they will pop up with some interesting and unexpected results over the year. I just don’t think this will be one of them. Stranraer’s squad may cause them problems over the year as they were preparing for the 3rd rather than the 2nd.

Alloa Athletic v Stenhousemuir

Alloa won 3-1 against Brechin City two weeks ago with Robert Thompson, Kevin Cawley and Martin Grehan getting the goals. Paul Hartley’s squad have made a good start to the season and will be hoping to continue in the same vein. Stenny lost 4-0 on the same day against Forfar in a very disappointing display. They then found themselves being beaten 1-0 in the Ramsdens Cup Quarter Final where John Gemmell was dismissed and Stewart Kean missed a 90th minute penalty!

Alloa Athletic

FULLY FIT SQUAD

Stenhousemuir

Reported Out

John Gemmell; Ross McMillan; Eric Paton; Kevin McKinlay

Prediction

I cannot see by Alloa at home right now. Stenny will be hurting and therefore very dangerous as they have the means through which to make a real game of it but as I say, Alloa for me!

Arbroath v East Fife

The Fifers lost 2-1 at home with Scott McBride having put them in front after only 2 minutes. Gordon Durie will be out the dugout for a month at least so Gordon Chisholm will be in charge once again. Arbroath had a nightmare with a 6-0 drubbing at Queen of the South with Steven Dorris missing a penalty in the 45th minute that would have made it 2-1 at the interval.  Paul Sheerin’s side then went into the Quarter Final against Stenhousemuir and in a thrilling game won 1-0 – Scott Robertson having got the goal.

Arbroath

Reported In

Tony Bullock

Reported Out

Darren Hill

East Fife

Reported In

Jamie Pollok

Prediction

This is a really hard one to predict with the form going into the game a tad unsettling for both. For me I think that a draw would be a fair result…

Ayr United v Queen of the South

This is a game where the two teams should be challenging for the title and yet Ayr are sitting right at the bottom. Mark Robert’s tenure as manager at Somerset has not been the new dawn that people hoped for and losing 2-0 to Stranraer was more than just disappointing. Adam Hunter’s dismissal added to his woes. Willie Gibson, Nicky Clark, a Gavin Reilly hat trick and Kevin Smith got Queens the 3 points from 6 goals against Arbroath at Palmerston a fortnight ago.

Ayr United

Reported In

Darrian McKinnon; Kyle McAusland

Reported Out

Mark Roberts; Adam Hunter; Michael McGowan; Martyn Campbell; Anthony Merenghi

Reported Doubt

John Robertson; Ryan McStay

Queen of the South

Reported In

Derek Lyle

Prediction

Heart says home win; Head says away win… Queens are in danger of romping this league and getting some points on the board before winter could be decisive as Palmerston has not looked good over the last few seasons. I think therefore this may be an away win…

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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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