Around the grounds

It was victory all round for the three Angus clubs in action at the weekend as Forfar Athletic, Brechin City and Arbroath saw off Dunfermline Athletic, Stenhousemuir and Albion Rovers respectively.

Forfar Athletic put in a sublime performance to topple Scottish League One favourites Dunfermline at Station Park.

The Pars had two great chances in the first 10 minutes but were unable to get their first league goal of the season, despite playing with a fierce wind at their backs.

And it was Forfar who used that wind to great effect after the break as Dale Hilson scored from more than 25 yards out, sweeping a terrific shot past Ryan Scully in the Dunfermline goal.

Darren Dods added the second after 73 minutes from James Dale’s free kick before Hilson, Gavin Swankie and Danny Denholm all went close to adding more goals.

The result leaves Forfar second in the table behind only Ayr United, and equal on points with Brechin City in fourth.

City goalkeeper Graeme Smith was the hero as he saved a late penalty from Martin Grehan to ensure Brechin grabbed all three points at home to Stenhousemuir.

Alan Trouten scored just before the break to put City ahead, firing high into the goal from the edge of box after receiving Craig Molloy’s free kick. Trouten had seen a similar chance go over the bar shortly before.

Ryan Miller went close for Stenny before a penalty was awarded for Paul McLean’s foul on Colin McMenamin, but Grehan couldn’t beat Smith and Ray McKinnon’s men grabbed the win.

Allan Moore’s Arbroath side now sit top of Scottish League Two after a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Albion Rovers.

Paul McManus put the Red Lichties in front after 66 minutes, letting loose with a right-footed effort from inside the box after a clever pass from Mark Whatley. Rovers went close through Gary Phillips and Gary Fisher but Arbroath held on to their 100 per cent record.

This week in League One Forfar visit Ayr United while Brechin travel to Stranraer, while in League Two, Montrose host Annan Athletic and Arbroath visit Queen’s Park.