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SFL DIVISION THREE PREVIEW – 16TH MARCH 2013

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irnbru-sflLet’s name them; Jordan White with 4; Kyle Gillespie in his own net; Joshua Flood; Ally Love; Phillip Johnston; David Hopkirk; and finally Mark Ferry with 2. They all contributed to the headlines from last week, remarkable headlines that filled our back pages all the way from the Third Division. Stirling Albion won 9-1 at home against East Stirlingshire whilst Annan Athletic got their victory away from home by winning 2-1 at Ibrox. They were 2 games which hit the headlines but they were not the only games with surprising results. Clyde pushed 2nd placed Queen’s Park close but lost out 3-2 at the end and Montrose went over the border and ended up being thumped 4-0. Berwick Rangers followed that up midweek by beating Queen’s Park 2-0 at home too. It means that there is a 5 point gap between 4th placed Berwick and Peterhead; East Stirlingshire are falling back towards that bottom place; Clyde are sitting at the foot whilst the Binos are on the march; Eight games to go and the play off spots are hotting up.

Game of the Day sees Montrose v Peterhead in a game where the home side need to get things back on track. Their 4-0 away loss to Berwick Rangers last weekend needs avenged! Stuart Garden’s side though have quite a few returners this weekend so they will hope that they have the personnel that can make a difference. For Jim McInally their narrow loss at home to Elgin has further dampened their play off hopes and he is keen that the Blue Toon get in the goals early as that is how they lost last time out against Elgin. Chasing the game does not really seem to suit them and I am hoping this turns out to be a cracker as both teams have the players to make a play off fight out of it.

Elgin City v Rangers will see the away side in determined mood after the worst Rangers side ever, according to its own Chief Executive, seeks to get back to winning ways having had Annan come a calling last Saturday and take all 3 points. Andy Little got their only goal but it was little consolation for a team lambasted in the sports pages the length and breadth of the country. Elgin had Daniel Moore to thank as he got the goal that defeated Peterhead and got them 3 points away. My mole at Ibrox says that the treatment of their manager and the comments by the Chief Executive have really hurted them muchly… I expect this wounded animal will take all 3 points. Oh and Mr Green, you must be thankful you missed the eighties…

East Stirlingshire v Berwick Rangers has the enigma of last weekend, East Stirlingshire at home to try to make amends for their 9-1 thrashing. They had been doing so well and were climbing the table and now find themselves back at 2nd bottom, Maxwell Wright got their goal and they have had John Coughlin on the blower all week looking for new blood to no avail. There are no loan signings he can recruit. It means they entertain a Berwick side who won last weekend and during the week without any reinforcements for a messy and leaky defence. The Borderers thrashed Montrose 4-0 last Saturday with goals coming from Dean Carse and a Fraser McLaren hat trick whilst mid-week they beat Queen’s Park at home thanks to goals from Dylan Easton and Neil Janczyk. It would be good to see an away win to make the play offs interesting and judging by the lack of help available for the home side I reckon that is precisely what we are going to get.

Finally Annan Athletic v Clyde has Ranger’s conquerors going home to build on that fantastic result. And make no mistake, having had some decent performances of late and little reward it was a tremendous result because Annan played so well. There is little doubt that Rangers did not turn up but you have to be able to exploit a team when they play badly and that is exactly what Jim Chapman’s side did. Ally Love and David Hopkirk got the goals but getting that victory will mean diddly squat if they cannot despatch Clyde. Clyde are at the foot of the table after taking 2nd placed Queen’s Park to the edge. Clyde were actually 2-0 up thanks to a Stuart Malcolm double before they were beaten in an 8 minute spell, 3-2. I can’t see past a home win here but Clyde have been playing some decent stuff and been unlucky, their luck should change at some point!

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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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