Around the grounds

Arbroath’s battle to avoid automatic relegation from League One will be continued to the last set of league fixtures, set to be held this Saturday.

The Lichties faced a tough task last Saturday, when they welcomed Dunfermline to Gayfield. The Pars took the lead in the 14th minute of the match, thanks to Ryan Thomson.

Arbroath deservedly pulled themselves level in the 56th minute when Michael Travis fired the ball home from a corner kick. However, with just over 10 minutes to the final whistle, Dunfermline secured their first win in four matches after Andrew Geggan scored from close range.

Arbroath’s defeat meant that they would be relegated if East Fife won against Brechin City. But, their Angus neighbours secured a comfortable 2-1 victory away to the Fifers, with just a point now separating the bottom two sides.

City took the lead after 20 minutes, when Andy Jackson headed a home a corner, which ricocheted off the underside of the cross bar. Brechin netted again in the 88th minute when Alan Trouten chipped the ‘keeper.

East Fife did net a consolation goal in injury time, thanks to Pat Clarke.

Forfar ensured they still have a chance at sneaking in to the promotion play-offs after a resounding 4-2 victory against Ayr United, who are currently fourth. Jamie McCluskey opened the scoring before Dale Hilson and Omar Kader increased their lead.

Michael Moffat pulled a goal back for Ayr, but Hilson restored the Loons’ three goal lead. However, the scoring wasn’t finished there, with Brian Gilmour netting a second in the final stages of the match.

Forfar will be looking for a victory this Saturday away to Stranraer, while Brechin host Stenhousemuir, and Arbroath travel to take on Airdrieonians in a vital match.

In League Two, Montrose, secured a victory over promotion hopefuls, Annan Athletic. Bryan Deasley gave the Gable Endies the lead in the 29th minute before Annan equalised thanks to David Hopkirk in the 74th minute. However, Gary Wood wrapped up all three points from the penalty spot just two minutes later.

Montrose’s final match of this season is away to East Stirling.