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SFL SECOND DIVISION PREVIEW – SATURDAY 2ND MARCH 2013

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irnbru-sflIt was a weekend full of action followed by midweek slips, trips and falls for the SFL 2nd Division. Queen of the South predictably won the top v bottom clash last weekend as they despatched Albion Rovers ruthlessly and efficiently. Alloa Athletic and Arbroath played out a double-header with honours even over the week whilst Forfar won then lost as did Ayr United; Stenhousemuir had mixed fortunes on the road; East Fife had a wee rest; Brechin City had a big one; and Albion Rovers looked, in the words of Private Frazier… doomed!

Game of the day today is a hard one as the top and bottom halves of the table are clashing so I have gone for Stenhousemuir v Brechin City. Stenhousemuir drew with Stranraer and then went to Somerset Park and stole 3 points in the dying minutes of the game. Kevin McKinlay equalised for them at Stranraer whilst Sean Dickson and Marc Corcoran got all 3 points for the Warriors in the 92nd minute on the West Coast. Today they are at home to a Brechin side sitting 3rd with 5 games in hand and with postponements due to a water-logged pitch for the last 3 fixtures. Before hand Brechin were free scoring and doing remarkably well. Now they need to develop some momentum as midweek games are coming thick and fast it will be a true test of their character. Getting 3 points today would be a real indicator of whether they have any!

East Fife v Queen of the South sees the league leaders off to Methil in a game they will be expected to win. Last weekend they managed to beat Albion Rovers 3-0. Goals came from Derek Lyle, Nicky Clark and Mark Durnan. The Methil side had no game midweek and were due to play Brechin last weekend so they have had a lazy time of it! It is therefore likely that what we expect – an away win – shall occur…

Albion Rovers v Alloa Athletic will see the bottom side having little respite as their 3-0 defeat at the hands of the league leaders last Saturday was followed by a 4-2 mid week thrashing away to 4th placed Forfar and now sees them up against 2nd placed Alloa. Patrick Walker and Marvin Andrews got their goals at Forfar but no God like cliché seems to be helping the Coatbridge side this weather! Last weekend Alloa entertained Arbroath and got beaten 1-0. It was clearly such a great occasion that Arbroath turned hosts on Wednesday and they let Alloa win 2-1. A Ryan McCord penalty followed by a late winner from Kevin Cawley got the 3 points for Paul Hartley’s side. Today it is hard to see how the wee Rovers can come back and get 3 points but stranger things have happened…

Forfar Athletic v Stranraer has a team that lost 2-1 away to Ayr last weekend and then thumped Albion Rovers 4-2 midweek up against a side with a draw against Stenhousemuir last weekend to continue their clawing back into the league. Forfar managed an Iain Campbell penalty as consolation at Somerset whilst they were on fire at home with Albion Rovers. Goals came from Danny Denholm, Martyn Fotheringham, Dale Hilson and Gavin Malin. Darren Gribben got Stranraer’s only goal against Stenhousemuir last Saturday. It is difficult to predict and an away win would make the table more interesting but Dick Campbell’s side have a wee bit of momentum under them – mind you so have Stranraer. Difficult to call…

Finally Arbroath v Ayr United has the home side having managed to win one and lose one over the week; just like their visitors! Derek Holmes won for Arbroath last Saturday against Alloa and then in the return on Wednesday, Stuart Malcolm equalised for the Red Lichties. It was not enough and they lost 2-1. That was the scoreline for Ayr at the weekend AND on Tuesday. They won 2-1 at home against Forfar Athletic thanks to Liam Buchanan and Michael Donald and then lost 2-1 mid week against Stenhousemuir with David Winters getting the 1st goal! Ayr have found it difficult to hold onto leads this season so will hope that Arbroath score first! Then again… I have a feeling this may just heap more pressure on the Ayr manager as Arbroath have been going through some dreadful form and their double header against Alloa who are 2nd top may just have given them the boost they need.

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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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