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SPFL League Two Review & Preview: Saturday 13th December 2014

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It’s still the tightest league in the SPFL but we are beginning to see some daylight between teams and the breakaway group at the top look like they are going to stay there and be the top three for some time to come.  It’s all very exciting…

Last weekend my match of the day saw East Fife beat Montrose 3-0 thanks to Ross Campbell, Kevin Smith and a penalty from Jon McShane. League leaders, Arbroath managed to take all three points at home against Annan Athletic as Bobby Linn, Jack Smith and Dylan Carreiro managed to put the Red Lichties in charge before Ryan McStay and Scott Davidson replied to give them a fright. Queen’s Park also got the win as they beat East Stirlingshire 3-0 with Bryan Wharton, John Carter and Darren Miller scoring for the Spiders. Albion Rovers also scored three times as they beat Elgin City 3-0; Scott Chaplain got a double and Marc McKenzie the other. Finally Berwick Rangers saw off Clyde 4-0 as Andy Russell, Lee Currie, Paul Willis and Ross Gray scored for the Borderers; the Bully Wee had Ciaran McBrearty sent off.

The midweek cup games gave us Annan Athletic missing out 4-2 to Brechin City with Scott Davidson and David Hopkirk getting the goals for the Galabank side. Berwick Rangers out Albion Rovers out 1-0 thanks to Andrew Russell.

It means that at the top we have three teams well out in front. Arbroath (34), Queen’s Park (31) and Albion Rovers (30) look like they are unreachable. They keep putting the points on the board and pressure on each other so this could get exciting even before January!

Underneath and 10 points behind the chasing pack are beginning to stretch out. We have East Fife (20), Berwick Rangers (19), Annan Athletic (17), Montrose (17), East Stirlingshire (16) and Clyde (15). Clyde continue to take a tumble whilst it was East Fife and Berwick who got the wins to put them up top of this mini league. This weekend they need to continue that form.

Down at the bottom Jim Weir has a big job on his hands with Elgin City (11). He has brought some faces in this week which could make a difference and if so the rest of this mini league above them will begin to worry about last spot. That is a very real possibility for Clyde as their Ferguson experiment seems to be going a bit wrong…

And so what about this weekend…

Match of the Day

Annan Athletic v East Fife

I have my eye on two teams that have a genuine battle on their hands to get to fourth spot. The Fifers won last weekend and need to maintain that run of form whilst Annan really did give Arbroath a wee fright before acquitting themselves well eventually against Brechin in the Cup. It should set this tie up well and I think we could see Annan, at Galabank, throw a big spanner in the works of the team sitting at fourth just now…

East Stirlingshire v Arbroath ought to be an away win but the Shire have truly been erratic this season. I could just as easily see a home win though I very much doubt it. Montrose v Queen’s Park has a home side entertaining a Queen’s Park side in very decent form just now. I really cannot see past the Spiders here.

Clyde v Albion Rovers is a must win for Barry Ferguson. His old mate, McCoist hit the skids last night at Palmerston and Ferguson will hope that he doesn’t follow suit. It’s a difficult tie though the wee Rovers’ Darren Young‘s manager of the month award might bring with it the usual jinx. I am afraid I still cannot see past a Rovers win. Finally Elgin City v Berwick Rangers has been postponed due to the weather.

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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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