The league, having been the most competitive this season, is now looking much like the rest and the march of the Blue Toon army appears unstoppable now. Annan can continue to try and peg them back but really the time has come to accept that each and every league in Scotland bar the premiership is likely to have a blue shirt at its head…
SPFL LEAGUE TWO
My match of the day saw Annan beat Clyde by 3 goals to nil thanks to Scott Davidson and a double from Josh Todd. Peterhead kept ahead by 8 points thanks to another double – this time from Rory McAllister and 1 from Ryan Strachan. The Binos managed a fightback against Colin Cameron’s Berwick Rangers after Darren Lavery had fired the Borderers ahead; David Weatherston and Sandy Cunningham got the goals whilst Paul Currie for Berwick was sent off. The Wee Rovers managed to beat East Stirlingshire by the same scoreline as Ryan Donnelly – with another double – cancelled out Scott Maxwell’s goal for the Shire. Finally Eamonn Brophy for Queen’s Park and Dennis Wyness for Elgin made it honours even in the bottom two clash up north.
It means that Peterhead (67) are way out in front with only 12 points to play for. Annan Athletic (59) need them to seriously slip up whilst they have the same 8 point gap behind them for Clyde (51). Annan are now in the playoffs so can perhaps relax a little whilst Stirling Albion (48) have created a 5 point gap that could be enough to see off any chasing pack.
That chasing pack is Berwick Rangers (43), Albion Rovers (41) and East Stirlingshire (41). Realistically with 12 points still to play for… they would need a major collapse from the Binos to make it and they all will start soon looking at the next season. The bottom of the league seems settles into 8th placed Montrose (39), 9th placed Elgin City (32) and bottom spot still for Queen’s Park (22).
Match of the Day
Albion Rovers v Stirling Albion
The 2 Albions clash and for my money I reckon the away side will shade it. Both won last weekend by the same margin but the fact that the Binos could make the playoff spot closer to safety is likely to be the incentive they need. Whilst the Wee Rovers have gathered headlines this year their league form over the piece has been inconsistent and that is not just down to fatigue at having to play so many cup games. For me this is likely to be a smash and grab at Coatbridge.
Clyde v Peterhead pitches 1st v 3rd but in reality it is slightly less exciting than the game at Coatbridge for me. The home side could guarantee their playoff spot – dependant upon other results – and Peterhead could get closer to the championship – dependant upon other results… I think it’s another away win. East Stirlingshire v Annan Athletic is yet another game that I struggle to see anything for apart from an away win. The Shire have simply crumbled this season after a tremendous start and their supporters will wonder what if so often during the close season that it will make the close season go so much quicker… Elgin City v Berwick Rangers needs an away win to make the run in more interesting but the Borderers lost last weekend and I reckon the Borough Briggs club – playing with no fear – might turn them over again this weekend. Finally Queen’s Park v Montrose has a home side that has been bringing home some decent results under Gus McPherson that may continue or it may not… for me, I reckon that this is a very difficult tie to call. I am therefore not going to as I think both teams, with little to play for apart from pride, could make this the most interesting tie of the day or the dullest…