Around the grounds

It’s still close at the middle of the League One table with the Angus clubs all “sticking together”, writes Sarah McLean.

Brechin City lead the local clubs in sixth place with 12 points but Arbroath are hot on their heels, also with 12 points, and Forfar Athletic just a point behind in eighth with 11.

Rangers are running away with the league, as was expected, with 30 points at the top of the table. Closest behind the Ibrox side are Ayr United with 19.

On Saturday, Brechin City took the three points from their derby encounter with Arbroath at Glebe Park.

Graham Hay took the lead for the home side with five minutes to go of the first half. Andy Ryan made it 2-0 just after the hour mark but Alan Cook made it 2-1 with 11 minutes to go. At the very death of the game, Robert Barr made it 3-1 to Brechin in the sixth minute of added time.

There is Scottish Cup third round action next weekend with yet another Angus derby to look forward to when Arbroath host Brechin City at Gayfield.

Forfar Athletic took a point from their away trip to Stenhousemuir on Saturday.

John Gemmellput the visitors into the lead 10 minutes in but Dale Hilson equalised in the 36th minute with the final scoreline decided in the first half.

In the Scottish Cup this Saturday, Forfar Athletic will host East Fife at Station Park.

It’s back to league action the following week (November 9) with another Angus derby when Brechin City are the visitors to Station Park to face the Loons. Meanwhile Arbroath will host East Fife at Gayfield.

In League Two Montrose jumped up to fourth place with a 2-0 win over league leaders East Stirlingshire. They are now just two points behind the pacesetters.

Michael McGowan scored an own goal 35 minutes in to make it 1-0 going into the break but Terry Masson sealed the deal for the home side in the 51st minute.

In the Scottish Cup third round this Saturday Montrose will travel north to face Highland League side Fraserburgh.

Then it’s back to league action the following weekend Montrose are away to Berwick Rangers.