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

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In the tightest league of the lower divisions we had real drama last weekend as the top got tighter and the bottom got muddier… what we do know is that today the Clyde v Annan Athletic game is off due to snow… but the league intrigue will still continue…

Last weekend my match of the day had Albion Rovers put some real pressure on the league leaders as Scott Chaplain and Gary Phillips scored in their 2-1 win over Queen’s Park; John Carter scored for the Spiders and Bryan Wharton was sent off. Leaders Arbroath stuttered as East Fife drew 1-1 with them late on – Simon Murray for the Red Lichties and Jonathon Page for the Fifers. Montrose beat Annan Athletic 2-1 as an Alex Mitchell own goal and a second from Garry Wood got the win after Rabin Omar opened for the Galabank side. Berwick Rangers lost 2-0 to Jim Weir’s resurgent Elgin City thanks to Archie McPhee from the spot and Daniel Moore; Josh Falkingham was sent off for the Borderers. Finally Clyde beat East Stirlingshire 2-1 to send them tumbling to the bottom with Scott McManus and Stephen O’Donnell scoring for the Bully Wee either side of Neil McCabe scoring for the Shire.

It all means that Arbroath (46) and Albion Rovers (46) are still being chased by Queen’s Park (42) though the Wee Rovers put the Spiders in their place last Saturday. This is a great battle likely to go all the way towards the end of the season. I still fancy Arbroath but the other two refuse to give up. Their tussle last weekend proves that there is not much in this…

Fourth spot is Annan Athletic’s (30) whilst Berwick Rangers (27) had it and lost to bottom club Elgin City last Saturday to help give it away. It’s another element to the whole battle at the top. I cannot call this one but Jim Chapman v Colin Cameron is as good as it gets…

The basement battle hotted up with Clyde (23) making a pitch for getting out of it whilst Montrose (23) similarly made a dash. They have not really got far as East Fife (22) and Elgin City (21) sit between them and East Stirlingshire (19). All three have games in hand so this has plenty of football to go…

The Lowland League continues to provide us with Edinburgh City at its summit whilst Turriff United and Brora Rangers have their own distinctive battle in hand in the Highland League. Brora are three points behind with two games in hand… It’s all pretty exciting…

As for today…

Match of the Day

Elgin City v Albion Rovers

Forget all about league positions. This is all about two teams in form. Jim Weir has done wonders for the home side who will get a rare game on if the weather is kind. The Wee Rovers shall travel up having put pressure on Arbroath at the top. They have been building their momentum steadily and I can see this being a tie that sits on a knife edge – cue 5-0 thrashing for someone. I think it shall be tight and possibly a sneaky home win.

The only other game that is due to go on is Queen’s Park v Montrose. This is another great League Two tie. For me I reckon it ought to be a home win but Montrose have been playing well and could sneak a result today.

The Scottish Cup has two League Two sides still in it as Hibernian v Arbroath will probably be a comfortable home win whilst Spartans v Berwick Rangers is another thing entirely. Colin Cameron needs to shore up the side in the face of a possible lower league than us onslaught that could be a shock. For the romance of the cup, if nothing else – c’mon the Spartans!!

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