The top of the table sees East Stirlingshire at its head… That may be the last time I write that this season but for the moment – credit where it is due. Underneath both Stirling Albion and Albion Rovers sit alongside Clyde in a clear indication that first games can be highly deceiving. Once again though credit to all three for getting there. Do we think they shall still be there at quarter to five on the second Saturday of the season?
Match of the Day – Albion Rovers v Clyde
This is a 2nd v 4th tie where the home side has turned to Matt McGinlay to take the gloves with Neil Parry having been sent off last weekend. Kevin Nicoll and Scott Chaplain are in whilst Barry Russell and Scott Sally are both out. Clyde come into the tie with Kevin Watt and Kieran MacDonald likely to be available whilst Sean Fitzharris and Stef McCluskey are both out. Jim Duffy is talking of fielding a trialist in the middle of the park in a game that could go either way.
Annan Athletic v Montrose has two teams that lost last weekend. The home side do have Chris Jardine and Danny Graham both out whilst Steven Swinglehurst returns. Only Ricky McIntosh is missing for Montrose in a game that I expect to be a home win for Jim Chapman. Berwick Rangers v Queens Park sees another game with two teams that lost last weekend. Devon Jacobs is back and Neil Janczyk is out for the home side whilst the Spiders have Ricky Laimie, Paul Gallacher and Scott Gibson out but almost an entire squad now fit for duty. This is another I expect to go for home advantage.
East Stirlingshire v Elgin Coty has the home side out to prove their table topping exploits are no fluke as they take on an Elgin side that lost last weekend. East Stirlingshire report no injury issues whilst Elgin will probably field Georgian under 17 internationalist Dachi Khutsishvlli in their line up. Finally Stirling Albion v Peterhead later in the season may be a championship decider but this early on it has the Binos on a winning streak against the misfiring title favourites. Last weekend the Binos saw off Montrose whilst the Blue Toon stuttered in a 2-2 draw with Annan Athletic. I expect neither of these results to mean anything and this to go down as a tight game that either could win…