Around the grounds

It was a mixed week for the Angus sides as Forfar Athletic and Arbroath maintained their positions atop the respective divisions while Brechin City and Montrose suffered defeat, writes Scott Binnie.

In League One, Forfar’s one-point lead over Dunfermline Athletic was kept intact as the teams played out a thrilling 0-0 encounter at East End Park.

Pars goalie Ryan Scully put in a man of the match performance to keep the league’s best attacking outfit at bay, with Loons stopper Rab Douglas not making a save until he pulled out a stunning stop to deny Chigozie Ugwu’s 85th minute penalty.

Brechin meanwhile went down 2-1 at home to Stranraer, a side in fine form.

The Blues were ahead inside 30 minutes when Frank McKeown headed in from a Jackson Longridge corner but Robert Thomson pulled one back eight minutes later.

Sean Winter won the three points for the visitors though with a 73rd minute header.

Arbroath continue to show no sign of slowing down in their quest to get back to League One at the first time of asking, the League Two leaders smashing East Stirling 4-0 at Gayfield Park.

Aldin El-Zubaidi opened the scoring before Bobby Linn made it 2-0 on 33 minutes.

The Red Lichties were dominant and there were second half goals from Kevin Buchan and Simon Murray to complete the rout.

Montrose lost out 2-0 to Queen’s Park as they ended yet another game without the full complement of players.

Goalkeeper Stuart McKenzie was dismissed after just two minutes for a foul on Chris Duggan, who converted the subsequent penalty.

David MacGregor doubled the Spiders’ lead right on half time from close range.

This weekend Forfar will welcome Stranraer to Station Park in a battle of the division’s in-form sides.

Brechin have to make the tough trip south to face Ayr United with both teams looking to resume their playoff push.

And in League Two it’s yet another Angus derby as Montrose visit Arbroath.