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The two league leaders, Forfar Athletic and Arbroath, remain at the top of their respective divisions while Brechin City defeated Ayr United, writes Scott Binnie.

Dick Campbell’s Loons are now two points clear of Dunfermline Athletic - who lost 2-1 to Greenock Morton - despite being held 1-1 at home to Stranraer.

The visitors went in front in the first minute when Sean Winter scored from a free header.

Forfar struggled to get into the game and the Blues could have been further ahead when Danny Stoney was through on goal.

But top scorer Dale Hilson levelled on half-time with an excellent finish, and the game finished 1-1 after a tightly contested clash.

Brechin ensured Ayr United’s terrible home run continued as City won 2-0 at Somerset Park.

Robert Thomson gave the visitors an early lead when he fired into the bottom right corner after eight minutes.

Loanee Kyle McAusland then doubled the advantage inside half an hour with an excellent finish.

There were chances for Kevin McKinlay and Scott McLaughlin after the break but City held on.

Montrose had a terrible derby at home to Arbroath, with the Red Lichties running out 5-1 winners.

Simon Murray and Dylan Carreiro scored either side of the interval to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.

Garry Wood pulled one back from the penalty spot before Arbroath goalkeeper David Crawford found himself on the scoresheet when a free kick fired from his own half soared over Gable Endies’ ‘keeper Lucas Birstingl.

Birstingl was involved again minutes later when he was sent off for serious foul play - Montrose’s seventh red card of the season and their third goalkeeper dismissal.

Paul McManus converted the subsequent spot kick before adding a second - Arbroath’s fifth - in injury time.

Arbroath remain eight points clear of Queen’s Park.

It’s Scottish Cup action this week with Forfar Athletic facing Championship strugglers Cowdenbeath at Station Park.

Brechin City visit League One rivals Stenhousemuir, while Arbroath host Highland League opposition in Nairn County.