Around the grounds

Local clubs were back in action at the weekend after the international break and it seemed that the break did at least some good, writes Sarah McLean.

Forfar Athletic recorded their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over East Fife at Bayview.

It didn’t take long for the Loons to open their account for the day when James Dale took them into the lead 16 minutes in.

Scott Durie equalised for the home side just after the half hour mark and the scores were level at half time.

After the break Forfar went into the lead again on 51 minutes courtesy of Dale Hilson and Gavin Swankie sealed the deal with eight minutes to go.

The win is a much needed boost for the team as they go into their first league encounter against Rangers this Sunday with an early 12.45 p.m. kick-off.

Brechin City drew 1-1 with Dunfermline Athletic. Andy Jackson levelled the encounter following Robert Thomson’s opening goal.

This Saturday Brechin will travel to Ayr United.

Brechin are still sitting top of the Angus sides as they lie fifth in the League One table with seven points though Arbroath are just behind them in sixth with six.

Arbroath travelled to Ibrox for their first meeting with Rangers of the season and found themselves on the wrong end of the 5-1 scoreline.

But it was Alan Cook who opened the scoring in the first place just after the break, though Rangers were quick in replying. Bilel Mohsni brought it level just before the hour mark the Lee McCulloch scored twice, on the 65th and 75th minutes. Andy Little made it four with two minutes to go before McCulloch completed his hat-trick a minute into stoppage time.

This Saturday Arbroath will welcome Stenhousemuir to Gayfield.

In League Two, Montrose drew 3-3 with Elgin City away. Bryan Deasley took the lead in the 19th minute while David Niven equalised just before the hour mark. Ross McKinnon took the lead three minutes later but Montrose equalised again courtesy of Lloyd Young. Deasley took Montrose into the lead on 67 minutes while Sean Crighton equalised in the 79th minute.