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SFL DIVISION TWO PREVIEW – 15th DECEMBER 2012

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With pitch inspections due in the south – at Ayr and Dumfries – this is a five game schedule that could reduce by 9am! With only 2 games in the last 7 days in the 2nd division we really need some games! The 2 games we have had have been crackers though! The 2-2 draw last weekend between Arbroath and Stenny was added to by the 1-0 victory 2nd placed Alloa managed against league leaders, Queen of the South. It was a great mid-week result and certainly gives hopes to the rest of the table… or does it…

Game of the Day

Queen of the South v Brechin City

Brechin had a weekend off as Queens went midweek up to Alloa and got beat. Instead of being 12 points ahead of Alloa, the Doonhamers are only 6…

Queen of the South

Reported Out

Paul Burns

Reported In

Derek Young, Derek Lyle

Brechin City

Reported Out

Jonathon Brown

Reported In

Alan Trouten

Thoughts…

If this goes ahead we shall see manager of the month, Ray McKinnon’s high scoring Brechin down at the league leaders in a tie that promises much. Enforced lay offs do not help to build momentum though and this looks a risky pick as game of the day. The Doonhamers will have to pick themselves up and Brechin will have to build their momentum back. Having said that it could also end up a free scoring cracking game to watch…

Ayr United v East Fife

Neither club had the opportunity to strut their stuff last weekend so will be relishing the tie this weekend.

Ayr United

Reported Out

Martyn Campbell, Michael McGowan

Reported In

Darren McGill

East Fife

Reported Out

Michael Brown, Darren McCormack, Paul McManus, Gareth Wardlaw

Thoughts…

If all ties are tough then, should his pass the inspection this will be very tough. Billy Brown has made a significant difference to the Methil side and Mark Roberts has seen his side get better on the pitch and find some luck in their games. It should be on and that would mean the Honest Men have a chance of some revenue but also to keep climbing. Brown will want to get the points on the board and it will make this quite a tricky tie all round!

Forfar Athletic v Arbroath

Forfar sat out last weekend whilst Arbroath had a tiring 7 days. Steven Dorris and Craig Malcolm thought they had got them all 3 points at home to Stenhousemuir before losing a goal in the 92nd minute. They then went on to a creditable performance against Celtic in the Cup. They went out but they certainly caused Lennon’s lions some serious problems in their departure.

Forfar Athletic

Reported Out

Mark McCulloch, Derek Souter, Odmar Faeroe, Keith Gibson

Reported In

Gavin Swankie, Dale Hilson (On loan from Dundee United), Gavin Mallin

Arbroath

Fully Fit Squad!

Thoughts…

Another hard one to predict but I think that the way they have been playing as a unit and getting some games under their belt should keep the Smokie momentum up!

Stenhousemuir v Albion Rovers

Darren Smith had opened the scoring for Stenny against Arbroath last weekend but going 2-1 down looked like they were doomed but up popped Stewart Kean in the 92nd minute to make things all right again! A draw wasn’t what they wanted but they were grateful to get it. The Wee Rovers would be grateful for today’s game being on!

Stenhousemuir

Reported Out

Andy Rodgers, John Gemmell, Craig Anderson

Albion Rovers

Reported Doubtful

Ciaran Donnelly

Thoughts…

I may be feeling like a stuck record but games with teams that have not played in 7 days gives you little to put your faith into! I think the Warrior’s game last weekend and getting the late draw should put them in the mood for a home win.

Stranraer v Alloa Athletic

Alloa had a great win at home during the week thanks to a Ryan McCord penalty that gave them victory against Queen of the South. Stranraer were idle.

Stranraer

Reported In

Ryan Borris

Alloa Athletic

Reported Doubtful

Darren Young

Reported In

Darryl Meggat, Eddie Ferns

Thoughts…

Both will come into the game desperate to win and I reckon Alloa’s midweek action could certainly be the difference between them.

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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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