Around the Grounds

Arbroath were the only Angus team not to get their pre-season campaign off to a winning start on Saturday with the others all recording 1-0 scorelines, writes Sarah McLean.

Forfar Athletic welcomed Highland League outfit Turriff United to Station Park on Saturday afternoon for the first of their pre-season friendlies.

It was a typical pre-season game but there was much to be positive about. With much of the first team unavailable the squad made up of trialists and youngsters did enough to give Loons’ boss Dick Campbell a bit of a headache as he looks to assemble his side for 2013/14.

The only goal of the game came from Omar Kader just before the half-hour mark.

Forfar were due to face Spartans away on Tuesday night as we went to press and this Saturday they will be at home again, this time to Dundee.

Brechin City also recorded a win as they travelled to face Cove Rangers.

The only goal came 38 minutes in when Graham Hay headed home a Stuart Anderson corner.

Arbroath lost 1-0 to East of Scotland League side Craigroyston at St. Mark’s Park, Edinburgh.

This Saturday they will welcome Highland League side Lossiemouth to Gayfield following the cancelation of their planned friendly against Montrose.

The following Tuesday an Aberdeen XI will be the visitors at Gayfield.

Montrose took the lead two minutes into their Links Park friendly against Highland League side Inverurie Locos.

But the Paul Watson goal remained the only one of the game.

However, the home side had another great chance when David Beedie linked up with David Gray and the youngster playing at full back broke into the box and curled in a great effort which the travelling ‘keeper did well to push around the post.

On Tuesday night, Montrose welcomed Dundee to Links Park but they will be at home to Highland League side Buckie Thistle in a closed door game.