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SPFL League One Festive period review

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Two weeks ago we saw Stranraer take top spot as Frank McKeown got the only goal of the game against Dunfermline Athletic. Forfar Athletic made way for Stephen Aitken’s side to get to the summit as they drew 1-1 at home with Airdrieonians. Paddy Boyle and Mick Dunlop did the honours. Jamie Stevenson scored the only goal of the game for Peterhead who beat Greenock Morton whilst Brechin City got the 2-0 win at Stenhousemuir thanks to goals from Alan Trouten (a penalty) and Robert Thomson. The battle at the basement ended all square as Stirling Albion and Ayr United ended 2-2after 90 minutes. Steven Doris managed a double for the Binos whilst Allan Forrest and Craig Beattie scored for the Honest Men.

One week on, Stranraer retained their top spot though they went down 2-0 to Stenhousemuir; Tom Walsh and Colin McMenamin got the goals for the Warriors. Greenock Morton came out the winners in a seven goal thriller that went right to the wire against Stirling Albion. Sandy Cunningham, Ross McGeachie and Angus Beith had the Binos in charge of the game but Joe McKee, two from Declan McManus and a Craig Wedderburn own goal saw the Ton through; Stirling had goalkeeper, Callum Reidford sent off but Lewis Coult, who went in between the sticks, saved the penalty. Airdrieonians strolled to a 3-0 win against Ayr United thanks to a Bryan Prunty double and a Kevin McKinlay own goal – Paul Slane was sent off for Ayr. The games between Brechin City and Dunfermline Athletic and Peterhead and Forfar Athletic were postponed due to frozen pitches.

It all means that Stranraer (33) and Forfar Athletic (33) are divided by goal difference. With Greenock Morton (31) and Dunfermline Athletic (27) hot on their heels it’s exciting. With a game in hand for the Pars as well as significant changes being brought to bear by new boss John Potter things look very interesting down at East End Park. There are gambles being taken and such bold moves may pay off – they need to…

With Brechin City (25) also with a game in hand – against Dunfermline – we could see change in the top four fairly soon. Peterhead (23) and now Airdrieonians (21) along with Stenhousemuir (20) are beginning to see opportunities above them. They know that points shall be dropped throughout the league so they could mount a late challenge or have something to say about who ends up in the top four by April next year.

Relegation is now between Ayr United (17) and Stirling Albion (9). Both sides shall end the season with different managers from the ones with which they began it. For the Binos it may be too little too late but for Ayr the new guy needs to see his team get above both Stenhousemuir and Airdrie – at least – to make the season look respectable…

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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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