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SFL DIVISION TWO PREVIEW – SATURDAY 5TH JANUARY 2013

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Queen of the South continued their rumble to the title with a massive 5-1 thrashing of Ayr United at Somerset Park. Not only are they the most likely to win the title they are increasingly looking like the team that may beat either of the old firm to be crowned champions first! Alloa maintained their winning run at home to stay at 2nd spot whilst the play offs below seem to be a contest at the moment between Brechin, Forfar and Arbroath. The game of the day from Wednesday was Forfar and Brechin and it turned in a cracker with 5 goals and Brechin getting back to their free scoring best. Not to be outdone, even the bottom of the table clash brought 5 goals as Stranraer battled to a 3-2 win away at Albion Rovers so the league below the runaway leaders has plenty still to offer.

Game of the Day for me is Brechin City v Alloa Athletic. The free scoring exploits of Brechin over the last few months has been nothing short of fantastic until it all became a little unstuck. On Wednesday they got back to that type of form whilst Paul Hartley’s Alloa have been fantastic in this league. They thoroughly deserve to be where they are and Hartley may not be sitting in lower league dugouts for much longer. Brechin may not have their troubles on the injury front to seek and Alloa are always stretched but this ought to be nothing short of a fascinating game.

East Fife v Albion Rovers has Billy Brown’s side hoping to recover from their 1-0 loss on Wednesday to Arbroath. Once again injury may play a part though Todd Lumsden has mixed news in squad selection. The wee Rovers need to bounce back from their loss to Stranraer and East Fife could be the right game at the right time for them. Queen of the South v Arbroath has the league leaders going home after their travels saw an impressive performance at Ayr mid week. They should be celebrating with the Doonhamers faithful whilst Paul Sheerin’s men got a win and back on track on Wednesday. Arbroath’s form in the league has been as smooth as the Trotter’s three wheeler so any form of result in a very difficult tie might suffice for Sheerin.

Stenhousemuir v Forfar Athletic sees Martyn Corrigan shake things up due to injury with Owen Ronald rumoured to start as a trialist and David Rowson playing in his month long loan spell from Partick Thistle. Stenny need the points whilst Dick Campbell will want to shake off their disastrous midweek game with Brechin. With Willie Robertson and Jack Hamilton having their loan deals extended this looks like a decent contest and one that the visitors may just edge. Finally it is a real 6 pointer down the bottom with Stranraer v Ayr United. You have to wonder why Mark Roberts is finding life so hard with a team that has defined under performing so far this season in spectacular fashion. On paper this would have been a scoosh for Ayr prior to them playing any games in the league. Now they face a resurgent team that is beginning to put points on the board and balls in the back of the net. It may be too early to claim much for Stephen Aitken’s men but the game today has their team with so many former Honest Men in it; it could be very tasty for the neutral. I have no idea how this could go and would expect the only certainty to be that the game is on!

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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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