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

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Life is never easy at the top and despite some impressive performances the Red Lichties are now finding their path to the title littered with such sage advice. Once again there was a stumble but it all adds to the excitement of a league that could provide some genuine contests at both top AND bottom…

My match of the day last time out saw Arbroath lose at Hampden to Queen’s Park. Goals from Paul Woods and Sean Burns for the Spiders and a consolation from Bobby Linn made the score 2-1 to Gus McPherson’s team. Berwick Rangers and Montrose shared six goals evenly at Shelfield. Andy Russell and two from Paul Willis were on the score sheet for the Borderers as Scott Johnston, Garry Wood and a debut goal from Marvin Andrews evened things up; Kerr Young got sent off for Montrose. A Peter Weatherston hat trick for Annan Athletic saw off East Stirlingshire in the only other game to beat the weather. David McKenna did equalise Annan’s first for the Shire but then David Bates was sent off and it all went pear shaped. The games between Albion Rovers and East Fife and Elgin City and Clyde were postponed.

It meant that Arbroath (44) still stay top. Underneath we have Queen’s Park (41) and Albion Rovers (40) lurking. Both are very capable of mounting runs that could snatch the title.

There is a massive gap between them and Berwick Rangers (27) and Annan Athletic (27). Either of these teams have the wherewithal to take fourth spot. I would not be surprised if the one to manage fourth did not end up in the playoff final!

From there it is the battle to avoid the drop. We have East Fife (21), Montrose (20), Clyde (19), East Stirlingshire (19) and Elgin City (19). Elgin, as well as a new manager are racking up ominous games in hand that could, with some luck and organisation come in handy in putting pressure on the rest. This is a really fascinating run in…

As for today…

My Match of the Day

Annan Athletic v Berwick Rangers

There we have the fourth v fifth spot battle that sees both on the same points. Whilst Colin Cameron’s troops were drawing with Montrose, Jim Chapman’s chaps were beating the Shire. I think this is as fascinating as the battle at the top and at the bottom. Both have had inconsistent runs in the league and have stumbled to where they are now. It does nothing for the hearts of supporters but for the observer it makes the league all the more fascinating. I cannot separate these two, not for footballing reasons but because I genuinely do not know how they are going to find a consistency to outlive and out point the other. Today I am going for a draw but I reckon there shall be goals.

Clyde v Arbroath sees the home side up against the league leaders. Having lost last weekend their visitors will be ready to fight back and therefore an away win looks the most likely. Queen’s Park v Elgin City sees the Spiders at home for the second game in a row. Whilst they won last time out against who sits at the top, they may struggle – ironically – against the team sitting at the foot. Jim Weir will want three points from this game and I reckon he might just get it to throw a real spanner in the works at the basement.

Montrose v Albion Rovers is another fine battle as the Wee Rovers shake off the postponement from last weekend and get ready to do battle once again. This time round I reckon we are looking to a home win though as Montrose have been mighty plucky of late. Finally East Fife v East Stirlingshire has a home side that also had a game off last time round whilst the Shire lost. This could be very tight and in their usual inimitable style the Shire should confound us all and win it…

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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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