Last year this league was the most hotly contested and this year it would appear we are in for a similar run. Granted it is not quite as tight as last year but take away the top two and only three points separate third and tenth. For the Wee Rovers the changes that have taken place at Cliftonhill, in the Board Room, the dugout and with the supporters seems to be paying off. After the heroics of last year and the parting of the way with James Ward some would have questioned the wisdom of what was happening but, as they say, success affects your short term memory. Sitting at the top of the league means that everything is good. At Arbroath, new manager Allan Moore suffered a similar fate to James Ward but he did have three years or thereabouts at Morton to shine. And to be fair to Moore he did shine at times. He could have been in the Premiership had Jackie McNamara’s move to Dundee United left a bigger void than Alan Archibald could fill. The start that the Red Lichties have made has been good – they just need now to build upon it.
Match of the Day
Berwick Rangers v Albion Rovers
The Borderers stuttered last weekend with their loss to Annan Athletic. Had they won they would have been pressuring both Albion Rovers and Arbroath by being ahead of the rest. Alas it was not to be though Colin Cameron continues to impress in his first full season in charge. The Wee Rovers beat Montrose 2-0 last weekend and clawed Arbroath back as Arbroath lost for the first time this season. It’s first v third here and I reckon that the Wee Rovers will walk away with all the points.
Clyde v Arbroath has rookie manager Barry Ferguson finding the league a tough test. Last week the Bully Wee went down by a single goal to East Stirlingshire. It was a bitter blow to their title ambitions as the Shire have been struggling all season and that ought to have been an easy three points. Allan Moore’s Arbroath were also beaten but they let in two goals with no reply to East Fife. Today it will be tough but I am going for Arbroath. East Fife v Queen’s Park has two teams that won last Saturday and both will want to build upon those successes. East Fife toppled Arbroath whilst the Spiders won at home against Elgin City. I reckon Gus MacPherson will be the happier manager at the end of today.
East Stirlingshire v Annan Athletic sees these two off the back of wins last week. The Shire beat Clyde whilst Annan won against Berwick. One thing the Shire struggles with is consistency so I reckon Annan will take all three points today. Finally Elgin City v Montrose. Both teams lost last weekend with Elgin away to Queen’s Park and Montrose at home to Albion Rovers. This time round I would expect a home win up north but it won’t be easy