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SPFL League One weekend preview – Saturday 20th September 2014

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It is very tight at the top of the league with the top three on ten points and the next two teams one point behind them. It may be early in the campaign but already you get the feeling that Jim Jeffries has got the measure of what it will take to get out of this league. Just behind are an Ayr team that led at the beginning and fell to the curse of the Manager of the League award; Mark Roberts has threatened to send the damn thing back. Also at the top on points we have Dick Campbell and it is no surprise that of the top three, two clubs have highly experienced managers. This is going to be a tough league to get out from this year and experience from somewhere – be it on the pitch or in the dugout – will surely come to play a huge part in this season’s campaign.

Match of the Day

Brechin City v Ayr United

The home side are undefeated this season and although they are in 4th, they are just one point behind their visitors. Last weekend they thumped Stirling Albion away from home by sending five past them. Meanwhile the Honest Men suffered their first league defeat as Stranraer came up the west coast and beat them 2-0. In the recent past Ayr have struggled against their near neighbours and it was made more bitter by the fact that Stranraer boast so many former Ayr United players this year. Brechin City will only be without Calum Tapping whilst Ayr United boast a fully fit and available squad. This has the hallmarks of a very decent contest and it is one that should see plenty of action and some goals. As an Ayr fan I always feel awkward suggesting that they will win but this time round I do think they have the ability to bounce back and inflict the Hedgemen’s first league loss.

Airdrieonians v Stranraer is a bit of a basement battle as the Diamonds, in last spot host a Stranraer that derailed the league leaders last weekend. Airdrie have had an awful start to their league season – again! – and lost narrowly last Saturday away to Morton. Their luck must change soon – I think it shall be today. Greenock Morton v Dunfermline Athletic has two on form teams set to clash in Greenock. Morton managed to squeeze past Airdrie last weekend whilst the Pars beat Stenhousemuir. We should hope for a very decent game and I reckon Dunfermline may get the odd goal to win it this time round.

Peterhead v Stenhousemuir has both teams licking their wounds from last time Saturday. I have taken the Warriors as the team most likely to fall down the trap door this season so a trip up to Balmoor should count as a tricky one for them. The Blue Toon lost to a single goal last weekend against high-flying Forfar. Three places separate them but only a single point – by the end of today I expect a 4 point gap to have opened up. Finally Stirling Albion v Forfar Athletic has the Binos needing to pick themselves up after their hammering at the hands of Brechin last week. They face a team that has got themselves up to the top of the league thanks to beating Peterhead at home last Saturday. Today I reckon that Forfar will continue that miserable feeling at Forthbank…

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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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