With the league beginning to take real shape and a five point gap at the top between Arbroath and the rest we shall not expect any major changes at the summit but at least some jockeying for position round about. As we head to the quarter way stage we have some interesting prospects over the weekend that should get the crystal balls dusted down for November…
Match of the Day
Queen’s Park v Montrose
It’s third v fourth in a tie that has both desperate to keep their momentum going and retain their playoff spot. Separated by goal difference Montrose missed the chance to go second midweek though it was a late equaliser that have kept them up with both Queen’s Park and Albion Rovers. The Spiders beat East Stirlingshire last weekend and face an immense injury list as James Baty, Gavin Mitchell, Kevin Fotheringham and David McWilliams are out whilst Chris Duggan, Scott Gibson and Conor McVey face fitness tests. This could be highly significant up against a Montrose side that lost to Arbroath in the cup last Saturday and then got the draw they deserved against Berwick Rangers midweek. I reckon Gus MacPherson’s side will struggle but should come through successfully today.
Albion Rovers v Clyde should be a cracking game. The Wee Rovers were idle last weekend but sit pretty in second whilst Barry Ferguson’s Bully Wee beat East Fife 1-0. I cannot see past a draw here but think it might be a bit special. Arbroath v East Stirlingshire has the high-flying league leaders entertaining an East Stirlingshire side that had been misfiring. The Red Lichties saw off Montrose in the Scottish Cup whilst the Shire were losing to Queen’s Park. More misery for the Shire today I fear.
Berwick Rangers v Elgin City has the Borderers off a midweek draw against Montrose they couldn’t close out whilst Elgin saw off Forres Mechanics in the Scottish Cup. I reckon this will go the way of the home side. Finally East Fife v Annan Athletic sees the visitors, who were idle last weekend up against a side that lost to Clyde and are two points but three places above them. It looks very even on paper but I reckon East Fife will get back to winning ways today.