Around the grounds

IT has not been the best of weekends for football with two high profile games ending in tragedy (writes Sarah McLean).

The FA cup tie between Tottenham and Bolton was abandoned just before half-time when 23-year-old Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch, At the time of writing he remains in a critical condition with people all over Britain hoping for his recovery.

Closer to home Kilmarnock’s win over Celtic in the Scottish Communities Cup Final came to a tragic end when midfielder Liam Kelly’s dad sadly passed away after suffering a heart attack in the stands.

Tragic events such as this really put results and petty rivalries into perspective and thoughts are with both families during this time.

Moving back to local matters it has been business as usual for the Angus clubs on league duty.

Forfar were unfortunate to lose three-nil at the hands of Airdie while Montrose, ever looking for those elusive three points, were denied three-one by Stranraer at Stair Park - which incidentally had the lowest crowd of the weekend with 287.

Arbroath, still chasing the top spot in Division Two, were held to a draw by Stirling Albion.

The only local winners this week were Brechin City who defeated Albion Rovers two-one at Glebe Park.

Brechin were no doubt boosted by the return of Charlie King who scored the winner after their lead was cancelled out by Rory McKenzie’s penalty.

This coming weekend will see Brechin City face East Fife, Forfar Athletic face Stirling and Arbroath away to Airdrie United in the second division.

Montrose face yet another long journey as they travel to Annan Athletic in the third division.

To end on a high note there is an influx of players from the Angus clubs contesting for the ‘Ginger Boot’ this season.

With 17 goals in total, Arbroath’s Steven Doris is just two goals of Airdrie’s Ryan Donnelly. Forfar’s Chris Templeman has 15 as does Montrose youngster Martin Boyle while Brechin’s Paul McManus has 13.