Here we are with no Rangers so league two will have to settle – without any distractions – into itself to allow us to see who really are top seeds and who really will struggle about the new trap door? How will they fare this weekend do we think?
Game of the day – Montrose v Stirling Albion
10 man Montrose despatched Arbroath last weekend but have been hit heavily by suspension and now have 3 players out. Dale Fulton and David Weatherston have joined the Binos, previously they were at Falkirk, and this should shore up a team that lost 3-0 at home to Hamilton last weekend. Greig MacDonald will be hoping the lack of depth in the home side hits them hard and it may be an away win this weekend.
We are off to the highlands for 2 fixtures with Elgin City v Albion Rovers up first. Elgin’s flat performance last weekend did not please Ross Jack and he will be looking for better. They were well beaten 3-1 at home to Dunfermline in the cup though these are the games where results are more important. For the wee Rovers they also went out though by a single goal to Dumbarton away. James Ward knows that this game will tell him more than his cup games about the squad he has and I expect that to be telling in this encounter. Peterhead v Annan Athletic has the squad many think will romp this league at home to a side still coming to terms with Jim Chapman. Both crashed out the cup last weekend with Alloa skipping past the Blue Toon at Balmoor and Queen of the South swatting Annan aside. I think Peterhead may triumph as expected today.
We are down the west for the rest of the fixtures with Clyde v Berwick Rangers an intriguing one with which to start. Clyde lost 3 very late goals against Falkirk last weekend and Jim Duffy reckons that is where they need to improve – stamina for 90 minutes. Berwick were thumped 5-0 by the Blue Brazil though Ian Little remains sanguine as he thinks the margin was unimportant. The Borderers were certainly punished for making mistakes and Clyde’s firepower is not likely to be as impressive as Cowdenbeath’s. I still think the home side may have enough to collect all 3 points. Finally a very damaged home side go into Queen’s Park v East Stirlingshire with hurt pride after a 6-0 mauling by Raith Rovers in the cup. East Stirlingshire were beaten 2-0 by Dunfermline Athletic but it all still means both are out the cup. Their reaction to their defeats today will be interesting and the Spiders are struggling with young players drafted in as cover. East Stirlingshire are quietly confident about this season and John Coughlin reckons they have the squad when fully fit to do the job. If they don’t do it today it may be an indication of a very long season ahead.