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Forfar Athletic have enjoyed a terrific start to preseason, winning two and drawing one of their fixtures so far - all of which have seen some very impressive performances from Dick Campbell’s players.

They began with a 3-1 win over Inverurie Loco Works thanks to Chris Templeman’s brace and Gavin Swankie’s goal before they drew 1-1 with Championship outfit Livingston.

They should have been a few goals in front at half time but Dale Hilson’s excellent strike was the only Loons goal.

Danny Denholm struck the post late on.

On Monday night, Forfar were 3-0 winners over Highland League side Cove Rangers, Denholm, Paul McLelland and a trialist all finding the target.

Their penultimate friendly is tonight (Wednesday) as they host Dundee United before they visit Gayfield Park on Saturday to face Arbroath.

Goalkeeper Darren Hill won’t be involved though after he moved to Premiership side Hamilton Academicals for a moderate fee - a deserved move to full time football.

Forfar were drawn away to Raith Rovers in the League Cup first round - as geographically close to too-familiar foes East Fife as possible given the seeded draw.

Elsewhere in the League Cup draw, Brechin City will host Dumbarton, Montrose will play Falkirk at home and Arbroath will visit Hamilton Accies.

Brechin will be gearing up to face Dundee at home in their preseason friendly tonight (Wednesday) just days after the Dee beat English champions Manchester City.

Arbroath drew 2-2 with Brora Rangers at Gayfield. Brora went 1-0 up through a stunning free kick by Gavin Morrison before trialist, Kevin Buchan levelled with a fine strike into the top corner.

Colin Williamson then made it 2-1 for the visitors before Buchan equalised again late on with a header. The Red Lichties also completed the signing of Stirling Albion goalie David Crawford.

Montrose were due to host Dundee last night before they receive visits from Cove Rangers on Saturday (July 19) and Dundee United on Monday (July 22). The Gable Endies kick their season off at home to Peterhead.