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SPFL League One review & preview: Saturday 24th January 2015

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It was a mixed up weekend last time out as teams continued on great runs and threw some spanners at the top of the table that may just land in it and make the whole story of this season far more interesting – the one thing that we have known from the beginning is that this league is going to go right to the end with some great twists and turns along the way…

My match of the day proved one of those twists as Brechin City beat league leaders Stranraer 2-0. Dundee loanee Craig Wighton scored both goals for the Hedgemen. Greenock Morton got a draw against Ayr United, down at Somerset as returning striker Peter MacDonald cancelled out Morgyn Neil’s debut opener. Danny Denholm got Forfar Athletic up to second spot as he scored the only goal of the game against Stenhousemuir. Dunfermline Athletic got a 2-2 draw against Airdrieonians. Jim Lister and Bryan Gilfillan put the Diamonds up twice only for Ross Millan – from the spot – and Michael Moffat to equalise. Finally Peterhead beat Stirling Albion 2-1 after Craig Wedderburn had put the Binos ahead; a Rory McAlister penalty and one from Jamie Stevenson got the Blue Toon’s goals.

It left Stranraer (39) still at the top though Forfar Athletic (36) are now the ones in touching distance. Greenock Morton (35) stay in touch whilst Brechin City (34) sit fourth. Brechin’s run of 10 games undefeated should worry those just above them as that is the type of form that wins playoffs.

Dunfermline Athletic (30) are now well out of the playoffs and John Potter needs to find a winning formula otherwise Peterhead (30) are going to leapfrog them.

Airdrieonians (25) are out the relegation battle for now. I think they might stay out of it as Gary Bollan seems to have found his formula. The job that Bollan has done has been nothing short of remarkable this season. Having lost a decent crop of good players he has set about lifting the Diamonds out the relegation quagmire and into the light.

That quagmire has Stenhousemuir (20), Ayr United (18) and Stirling Albion (13) trying to raise their game and get out of it. The Warriors were single goal losers as Ayr drew and halted their slide. The Binos lost again. Crudely it looks better for Ayr now.

As for today…

Match of the Day

Greenock Morton v Dunfermline Athletic

With a 5.30pm kick off and it being on BBC ALBA we should get a decent game. It ought to also have a decent crowd as both sets of fans will want to show why they should be in the Championship next season. As it stands Morton are in the driving seat whilst the Pars are struggling. For Greenock Morton there is no Michael Tidser as they could not get him registered in time though Peter MacDonald made a triumphant, scoring return to the club last week. For Dunfermline Athletic they will have no Gregor Buchanan or Ryan Williamson whilst Andy Geggan should be back. I reckon that the Ton shall shade this one but it will not be without its tricky moments.

Airdrieonians v Stranraer has classic written all over it… well in my head it does. We have a team that has found form playing host to the league leaders. Both have goals in them so I reckon we shall see some. Home win for me though – just to make things interesting throughout the league. Stirling Albion v Forfar Athletic is less likely for me to provide an upset. The home side are desperate for points but playing host to the Loons would not be top of my wish lists when hoping to find some. To that end an away win for me.

Brechin City v Peterhead has the form team of the league playing host to a team that has found their own vein of form. Wins against Airdrie and Stirling Albion may hardly be likely to get you on the front page of the Daily Record but they could set you up nicely to stop a 10 game unbeaten run becoming an 11 game one. I think that is what may happen here so am going for an away win. Finally Stenhousemuir v Ayr United may be down in the basement but this eighth v ninth tie with two points between them is highly important to both clubs. For me it looks like a new manager bounce is in the mix and my own wee club will come away in eighth at five pm tonight!

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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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