Division two has real drama though play offs which have kept the season alive up top for at least 3 teams and down below for another 2. The drama was made even more real last weekend as Stranraer were failing at home to Forfar, East Fife almost snatched an unlikely 3 points at Dumfries. There are now 2 points between them with just 1 game remaining. Arbroath meanwhile won at Somerset Park to stay in 4th, whilst Forfar are 1 point behind them. Stenhousemuir have their abacuses out as they are mathematically still able to snatch 4th after beating Brechin 2-1. The rest of the league had Alloa thrashing Albion Rovers on Saturday, Brechin beating the Wee Rovers on Tuesday and the Coatbridge side then announcing they were parting company with their manager by Friday.
Game of the day could be equally shared between 4 encounters as they all have teams vying for one form of play off or another but Stenhousemuir v Stranraer is the only one where both teams have an interest in either end! The Warriors beat Brechin 2-1 last weekend to retain hope whilst Stranraer suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat at home to Forfar. This is a must win game for both clubs; a win for Stenhousemuir and defeats or draws for both Arbroath and Forfar and they are in the play offs whilst a win for Stranraer means safety. Tough one to call but it looks more like an away win or score draw to me.
Arbroath v Alloa Athletic has the Red Lichties in 4th after a 1-0 win at Somerset Park and an Alloa side that beat Albion Rovers 4-1 at home. Arbroath need a win to guarantee their play off spot. Alloa have drafted in some unfamiliar faces as they have first team squad issues whilst the Red Lichties have some serious injury concerns of their own. This will be fascinating and I fancy Alloa to throw some cats into the pigeons before quarter to five. Forfar Athletic v Ayr United has a Loons team that were decent winners at Stranraer last weekend 3-0, whilst Ayr have had a season they will want to bury in the memory banks. It was compounded by another loss at Somerset – 1-0 – against Arbroath. It shall be a young Ayr team that takes the field against a Forfar in the hunt for a 4th place play off. Home win for me though it could be down to the Warriors’ abacus to sort things out!
East Fife v Brechin City has an East Fife holding on by its finger nails to Division Two. That was enough to scrape a 2-2 draw with Queen of the South last Saturday whilst Brechin lost to Stenhousemuir 2-1 and then won on Tuesday at home with Albion Rovers by the same scoreline. If Stranraer draw then the Methil side have a chance. To give themselves that chance they need a win. It would be one of the biggest Great Escapes since Dumbarton’s but I think it may be beyond them. Finally the last managerial casualty of the season, Todd Lumsden will lead out his Coatbridge side for the last time in their last home game of the season in Albion Rovers v Queen of the South. The Wee Rovers lost 4-1 away to Alloa last Saturday and then lost again 2-1 away at Brechin on Tuesday. Queen of the South drew 2-2 at home to East Fife last weekend. Allan Johnston is suggesting this will be highly entertaining and competitive and I have a funny feeling we might see a barrow load at Cliftonhill.