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SPFL League One review & weekend preview: Saturday 7th February 2015

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We can look forward to a few games being on today though the pea souper outside of my window this morning would suggest that at least one or two are in serious doubt. There is already a pitch inspection at 10.30am at Somerset Park and those of us who know all about THAT patch of grass can predict that the game between Ayr United and Airdrieonians is in serious doubt.

Last Saturday, my match of the days aw Greenock Morton beat and crawl above Forfar Athletic. Joe McKee and Peter MacDonald scored for the Ton whilst the Loons contributed through Danny Denholm for the 2-1 scoreline. Stranraer are now two points clear at the top as Frank McKeown’s goal beat Stirling Albion whilst Airdrieonians and Brechin City drew 1-1 thanks to Alan Trouten and Jamie Bain. Dunfermline Athletic travelled to Somerset Park and Andy Geggan and new signing David Hopkirk gave them a 2-0 win over Ayr United. Finally Cammy Kerr and Kevin Dzierzawski got the goals for Peterhead in their 2-0 win over Stenhousemuir.

It all means that Stranraer (43) are now hoping to build a wee gap at the top whilst Greenock Morton (41) are serious contenders for the title. Forfar Athletic (39) are far from out of it but it must be admitted they look the less likely of the three to manage it. I still believe that Morton will take the title, in the absence of the pre season favourites…

And what of those pre season favourites? Dunfermline Athletic (33) are in fifth behind Brechin City (35) who truly deserve to be in fourth. I reckon that Brechin may keep the Pars out of the playoffs. John Potter’s boys may have recorded a win last Saturday that got them back in the mix but the truth is that this is far from a golden Pars period and they will probably have to stick things out for another season in League One.

Airdrieonians (27) sit in no man’s land with Stenhousemuir (21), Ayr United (19) and Stirling Albion (13) facing the drop. I still believe that Stenhousemuir shall go down and the loss of Scott Booth as manager makes me believe further that this is likely. Airdrie could be dragged back into the relegation quagmire whilst Ayr await the Ian McCall magic to take hold. The Binos are, for me, looking squarely at League Two next year…

It means that today…

Match of the Day

Forfar Athletic v Peterhead

This has the team that lost to Morton last Saturday there for the taking by a Blue Toon side that dispatched Stenhousemuir. For me this is the likely ending as the Loons, sitting near the top are having a season that is beyond their place in the natural order of things. That is not to say that they do not deserve their place but they are vulnerable. Stealthily Peterhead are in contention for a playoff spot and this is the type of game from which they can get a result and show just how deserving they are of being in the mix. An away win for me.

Greenock Morton v Stirling Albion should be a straightforward win for the home side against the bottom club – particularly as a win would take them to the top of the league. I think that is precisely what it shall be. Finally, should it pass its pitch inspection Ayr United v Airdrieonians is a genuinely close call. My heart will always be with the home side and the problems they face with the new reign of Ian McCall needing a boost bizarrely strengthens my feeling that the Honest Men will get the three points…

The Scottish Cup claims two League One sides as Falkirk v Brechin City on Saturday has the Bairns up against a team in really good form. I think this might just be a shock today. Sunday sees Stranraer v Dundee United and it has to be admitted that giant killing could not be further from my mind…

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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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