Quantcast

SFL THIRD DIVISION PREVIEW – SATURDAY 2ND MARCH 2013

0

irnbru-sflShock, horror! Rangers! They drew midweek. And that is ALL the news that shocks us about the Ibrox side this week. They despatched Berwick Rangers 3-1 last weekend coupled with a rendition of sectarian singing; they drew midweek with the Binos and some guy named Nimmo Smith too – Lord it was a tough week for Rangers. For 2nd placed Queen’s Park last week was the week in which they picked up 6 points by despatching Peterhead and then Clyde, both away from Hampden. It looks like Gardner Speirs is certainly heading for those pesky play offs once again! Montrose cemented 3rd with a 5-1 demolition of Annan Athletic and Annan are beginning to look like this season is a washout. Peterhead managed to hold onto 4th despite losing at home to the Spiders. Elgin’s 2 defeats – away to East Stirlingshire and then away to Berwick Rangers during the week is the reason the Blue Toon are still in the play offs rather than Jim McInally’s side managing to maintain form. Berwick’s mixed form has kept them on the coat tails of the play offs but they need to string some wins together to maintain a push, whilst the story of the month has to be East Stirlingshire. They have managed to put together 3 wins on the trot and are now near the play off spots. For Stirling Albion their draw with Rangers midweek along with beating Clyde last Saturday means they are off the bottom. Clyde who have been well beaten twice this week sit at the foot.

Game of the day for me has to be Queen’s Park v Montrose. The home side have been in a decent run of form, sit astride in the principal play off spot and have games in hand to play with. All seems rosy. Lawrence Shankland and a Stuart Noble own goal sealed their win at the Blue Toon last weekend but they may need better to beat Montrose today! Montrose had a Jamie Winters penalty and no fewer than 4 from Michael Boyle to take all 3 points from Annan last Saturday. That is highly impressive form and no less than Montrose have been threatening lately. Can they keep up that momentum in the run in? If they can they should be real contenders today…

Rangers v East Stirlingshire has a stuttering home side – if you place a HUGE amount of significance on 1 result – up against a team in rich form. A Paul Quinn penalty along with goals from Michael Herd and Scott Maxwell sealed the 3 points at home to Elgin for today’s visitors in a thriller whilst Rangers had Dean Shiels, Andy Little and Sebastian Faure to thank for their win at home to the Borderers. For the 2nd time this season they faltered at Forthbank this time they came away with a 1-1 draw; Andy Little had put them ahead. This ought to be a breeze for Rangers and they will be glad if the headlines are all about football rather than chanting the sins of the past…

Clyde v Peterhead will be tricky for the away side. Although Clyde have lost twice in this last week – 2-0 away to Stirling Albion and then 3-0 at home to Queen’s Park – the law of averages dictates that at some point the Bully Wee shall come good. For Peterhead their 2-0 loss at home to Queen’s Park made their position precarious in 4th but others losing midweek means they have a choice – take advantage of good fortune or get ready to slip again. Jim McInally will not want any slip ups and I cannot see them returning to Peterhead without 3 points.

Elgin City v Stirling Albion has 2 sides in search of 3 points. Elgin faltered not once but twice over the last week. Last Saturday they went 3-2 down to East Stirlingshire with goals from Cameron MacDonald and Craig Gunn. Midweek they opened the scoring at Berwick through Craig Gunn but then got well beaten 2-1. The Binos managed a 2-0 win in the bottom of the league last weekend over Clyde with Kieran McAnespie and Mark Ferry getting the goals. Midweek they then got that draw at home to Rangers thanks to Ross Forsyth nodding home from a Kieran McAnespie free kick. In all honesty this ought to be a home win but right now the tail at the bottom of the table is beginning to look more interesting than that and we should hope this game reflects it!

Finally Annan Athletic v Berwick Rangers has all the hallmarks of a game between 2 sides that are desperate for points. Both really need them otherwise their season is going to be about mid table mediocrity. For Annan their new manager, Jim Chapman has still to win a game. Last weekend they went down 5-1 away to Montrose. Ally Love got their consolation and it was a poor consolation. The Borderers lost last weekend at home to league leaders with an own goal from Anestis Argriou little consolation but midweek they managed a 2-1 win at home to Elgin City with goals from Darren Lavery and Scott Dalziel. Damp squib or little cracker; 22 + footballers will decide between 3pm and quarter to 5…

Share.

About Author

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..

Loading ...