Around the grounds

None of the four Angus teams were beaten in the weekend’s fixtures, with Arbroath securing a vital win and the other three sides drawing their matches.

Paul Sheerin’s side needed all three points from their home clash against Stranraer, and they got it thanks to a quick second half brace from Alan Cook.

Arbroath took the lead late in the first half, with Paul McManus firing home. Cook then scored in the 45th and 49th minutes to make it 3-0. Stranraer pulled a goal back in the 51st minute. A goal from Sheerin in the 80th minute ensured the victory, despite Adam Forde netted late on.

East Fife’s defeat at home to Stenhousemuir means Arbroath still have everything to play for.

The result was also good news for Brechin, who welcomed Airdrieonians to Glebe Park with both sides looking to increase their distance from the relegation play-off spot. Both sides were level on points and goal difference heading in to the match, and little has changed following a 1-1 draw - except both sides are now four points ahead of East Fife.

Airdrie took the lead in the 36th minute, during a first half that saw Graeme Smith deny Caolan McAleer. Craig Molloy equalised for City early in the second half, and although City pushed for a winner, a draw was probably a fair result.

Forfar Athletic travelled to Dunfermline, where the Pars secured their second-place spot, despite a goalless draw. Neither side really created much in terms of goal threats, with Forfar’s best chance a Dale Hilson effort in the second half that drifted wide of the target.

Forfar were in action at Ibrox last night (Tuesday), with the match yet to kick off as the Brechin Advertiser went to print.

Arbroath will continue their fight to escape the drop this Saturday away to Angus rival’s, Forfar Athletic. Brechin travel to face Stranraer.

In League Two, Montrose also secured a draw away to bottom side, Queen’s Park. It was the home side who took the lead, with Eamonn Brophy netting in the 50th minute. However, it took just eight minutes for the Gable Endies to bring themselves level, thanks to Paul Watson.

Montrose are at home this Saturday, where they welcome Clyde.