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SFL DIVISION THREE PREVIEW – 16TH FEBRUARY 2013

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Rangers returned to their league winning ways with a convincing 4-0 win at home last Saturday to Queen’s Park and they now look the most likely to win their respective championship soonest amongst the table topping dominators in Scottish football. Peterhead stole some ground on Queen’s Park to get level on points with them whilst Elgin, winners against Annan, leapfrogged Montrose into 4th. Montrose didn’t help their cause by being beaten by bottom club Stirling Albion. Berwick and Clyde slugged out a draw as East Stirlingshire and Stirling Albion drew closer. Midweek both had the chance to make it even tighter but they fought out a disappointing 1-1 draw at Forthbank.

The game of the day for me is to be found in Montrose v Elgin City.  Montrose lost 3-1 away last week to the Binos with Stephen McNally having put them ahead and then it all seemed to collapse. Elgin managed the same margin but a win at home to Annan that has them nicely poised in the table. Daniel Moore, Paul Harkins and Craig Gunn got them the points. This ought to be really tight and home advantage should buoy Stuart Garden’s side. They need to get back in the race or they could slide again downwards. Elgin are in exactly the same position having started the season well and now needing to reinvigorate their campaign. Nicely poised as they say…

Clyde v Rangers has the runaway leaders back on their travels with a 4-0 win boosting their confidence. Ian Black, an Andy Little double and Dean Shiels making sure they got the points. Clyde managed to get a 3-3 draw away to Berwick thanks to Lee Sharp, John Sweeney and Pat Scullion. They were 3-2 ahead at one point so they may feel they have points to make up! I have sacked my Rangers mole as I was beginning to suspect some of the info that I was getting – perhaps he was a Celtic fan in disguise, anyway this has the hallmarks of a decent game if Rangers manage an off day. Queen’s Park v Berwick Rangers has the Spiders licking their wounds from last week instantly in with a chance against a misfiring Berwick. The Borderers got a 3-3 draw last weekend against Clyde thanks to a Darren Lavery double and 1 from Fraser McLaren. I can see this being a tussle or a classic. Take yer pick…

Peterhead v Stirling Albion is another that I think could turn into a really decent game. The Blue Toon won 4-2 last weekend against East Stirlingshire thanks to a Rory McAllister double and 1 apiece from Andy Rodgers and Scott McLaughlin. Stirling Albion beat Montrose 3-1 with goals from Jordan White, Mark ferry and Stephen day. Midweek the Binos ended up drawing 1-1 with fellow strugglers east Stirlingshire thanks to a Graham Weir opening goal. Jim McInally had identified that he needed a goal scorer hence the recruitment of Andy Rodgers on loan from Stenhousemuir until the end of the season. It seems to have worked just dandy! The Binos have worked the January market well so will be hoping for a dividend from home games like this. I fancy an away steal here. Finally Annan Athletic v East Stirlingshire has the bottom club travelling to the borders in the hope of a wee raid. During the week they had a Kevin Turner penalty that saved their blushes away to Stirling Albion but last week a 4-2 defeat to Peterhead at home was bad. Steven Jackson and Jamie Glasgow got their goals but the future is looking increasingly bleak. Annan though also lost 3-1 away to Elgin City and for new boss Jim Chapman the Michael Daly second half goal was the only bright spot in a game where they were 3-0 down at half time! Hard to know how this will go and both sides need the points.

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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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