Last weekend all eyes were on Annan Athletic as they battled to put Formartine United out the Ramsdens Cup. It was my match of the round and at half time without a goal scored really thought the Highland League outfit had a chance to progress. In the second half Ally Love’s penalty, coupled with Andy Shearer – the Formartine Goalkeeper – being sent off meant that the floodgates opened and Kieran Brannan, Kenny McKay and David Hopkirk helped seal the win for Annan. Annan will be back to normal business today with a national cup semi final to look forward to but for the rest it was already auld claithes and porridge…

Match of the Day

Albion Rovers v Berwick Rangers

Scott Sally, Barry Russell and now Peter Innes will sit this one out for the home side who are sitting in 4th poised to take advantage of slip ups around them. Two weeks ago it was them who slipped up against Montrose and will want to get themselves into a solid position to get back into the league from whence they came. Berwick are after their first away win of the season and have their own injury issues as they are without Lewis Turner, Dougie Bryden and Owen Ronald. It’s a close call and I reckon the Coatbridge side will do better than their own Ricky Burns last weekend and come away a clear winner.

Clyde v East Stirlingshire has a Clyde side that has stumbled recently up against an East Stirlingshire side that started the season so well and then 2 weeks ago crashed. The question is, is it a permanent burn? Stefan McCluskey is avalaible for the Bully Wee though Sean Fitzharris and David Marsh remain out. The visitors will not be able to count upon Michael Herd, Rhys Devlin or Nathan Shepherd though Jamie Glasgow is fit again. This will go a long way to establish which team will have a decent Christmas and my money is going on the home side and a continued East Stirlingshire slide. Stirling Albion v Annan Athletic has Formartine’s conquerors back down with a bang against a Binos side that is doing not so badly in the league. With Ross McGeachie and Phil Johnston back, though no Jamie Bishop and David McClune, the Binos are after a 4th win and are likely to get it. That having been said Jim Chapman will field no fewer than 4 loan signings – Newcastle’s Steven Logan, Ranger’s Andrew Mitchell, Dumbarton’s Martin McNiff and Carlisle’s Josh Todd. So many might prove their undoing…

Peterhead v Queen’s Park sees two misfiring sides face each other. The Blue Toon have Ryan McCann, Dean Cowie and Graeme Sharp back though Bryan Gilfillan, Ryan Strachan and Callum MacDonald will miss out. Queen’s Park do have some good news as Ricky Lamie and Bernard Coll are back though 2 loan signings from Hibs have not materialised and Grant Mosson, Paul Gallacher, Shaun Rooney and David Anderson are all missing. Peterhead were the conquerors of East Stirlingshire two weeks ago and this needs to be another win to keep their momentum going after the international break. Gardner Speir’s season looks like getting worse. Finally Elgin City v Montrose is the second meeting this season between these two and Elgin will want a repeat! They will be without Paul McMullan, Paul Millar and Mark Nicolson.  St Johnstone’s Gareth Rodgers will feature as a loanee for a Montrose side that has had flashes of decent play but need much more to make things happen for them. I reckon a home win though as Elgin look to get back in the play off mix which is where they believe they belong.


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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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