Once again this league is the tightest of the four in the Scottish Professional Football League set up. But it’s not the chase for the championship which is currently between Montrose, Albion Rovers and Arbroath but what is going on beneath them that is most interesting. From 4th to 9th there are three points between them. Any one of these teams can move from near bottom to a decent playoff spot in one game. The one game that Barry Ferguson will want to forget is the midweek one where they lost to Montrose. It means they are stuck down the bottom of the table and unable to get out of it. This was not how it was supposed to be. Clyde made a bold move by bringing Ferguson in, as did Albion Rovers when they got rid of James Ward. For the Wee Rovers though it has paid off. This is also a league which boasts sides managed by Colin Cameron and Gus McPherson so there is plenty of managerial experience in this league. It means that it could go all the way to the end of the season as to who goes up, who stays put and who falls into the new playoffs…
Match of the Day
Montrose v East Fife
There is not much to choose between the five games today as to what should be picked out as the match of the day but, following their two wins on the spin Montrose seem to be coming onto a game. The Fifers managed a draw against Queen’s Park last weekend though they too, of late have been getting better performances. With five points between them and 2 places this would make the table tighter if the away side could snatch a victory. For me I reckon that the Montrose bandwagon will keep a rolling and in front of a home crowd will keep pressure up on Arbroath and Albion Rovers.
Albion Rovers v East Stirlingshire sees the league leaders take on a team that seems to toil every year. The Wee Rovers were held by Berwick last weekend so will want to get back to winning ways whilst the Shire lost to Annan. I predict that there shall be further daylight between the leaders and the rest of the pack by the end of the weekend. Arbroath v Elgin City is the third tie involving those in the league championship hunt and like the other two I cannot see past the team in form. Allan Moore’s side swept Clyde aside last weekend 5-2 whilst Elgin went down at home to Montrose.
Clyde v Annan Athletic has a manager that was supremely confident of his troops before Tuesday having to rally them once again. With losses to Arbroath and the Montrose under his belt, Ferguson needs a result today. It would help the team climb up the table but Annan, who beat East Stirlingshire last Saturday will be no pushovers. Ferguson’s luck must change at some point – for me it will be today… Finally Queen’s Park v Berwick Rangers sees McPherson v Cameron which has not been seen since last year but before that – Queen of the South v Cowdenbeath in Division One a few seasons ago. Both had draws last weekend and I reckon that might end up being the result today.