Around the grounds

IT WAS the same old story in Angus last weekend with wins, loses and draws all round.

Arbroath continue to fly high as they push for promotion to the first division and their 3-1 win over Stenhousemuir will have done nothing to harm their chances.

The Lichties have been given a further boost with the news that Michael White and Jordan Elverson are returning to full training after lengthy spells on the sidelines.

Forfar, on the other hand, couldn’t hang on to their lead against Albion Rovers and found themselves with a 2-2 draw by half time.

Both Brechin and Montrose suffered loses at the hands of Cowdenbeath and Elgin respectively. Brechin came away down by just one goal while Montrose lost 3-2 thanks to a number of decisions which just did not go their way.

With Montrose due to face Queen’s Park on Tuesday night will they eventually be able to turn their fortunes around this season?

Meanwhile, it is always interesting to see what clubs are doing to try and reverse the ever-declining gate numbers. Third Division side East Stirling have designated this Saturday’s home game against Peterhead ‘Come Back Day’ as a means to entice fans back who have fallen out of the habit of going to games.

East Stirling chairman Tony Ford said: “Like just about every other club in Scotland we are feeling the pinch caused by the economic recession and we must try to do something about it.”

It will be interesting to see how well this initiative will work and whether it will go some way to encouraging fans back to the stands on Saturday.

The debate of whether to change the league dates in order to operate during the summer months is not a new one. However, last week the Scottish Football Association (SFA) announced plans for a feasibility study into changes to the fixture calendar.

Several managers have advocated switching to a summer-based season. However, the SFA warned that a March-November campaign would be difficult to implement in the professional game.

The study will be initiated after approval from both the professional and non-professional game boards of the SFA.