Around the grounds

It was a tough day for Forfar Athletic and Montrose on Saturday, both teams falling to defeat, while Brechin City continued their excellent form, writes Scott Binnie.

Arbroath, meanwhile, saw their game with Albion Rovers postponed due to the high winds that battered the country last weekend.

Brechin are now 12 games unbeaten following their 2-1 win over struggling Ayr United at Glebe Park.

A goal in each half from Paul McLean and Robert Thomson had the hosts well on the way to victory before Alan Forrest’s 90th minute consolation goal. The win sends Ray McKinnon’s in-form side fourth in the League One table, just two points behind Forfar.

The Loons were put to the sword in Stranraer, losing 4-2 to the league leaders in a game dominated by the conditions. Craig Malcolm put the Blues ahead after 34 minutes and Steven Bell doubled the lead minutes later.

Dale Hilson got his first goal since November right after the restart and went close to levelling affairs just after, but his effort was saved.

Malcolm restored the two-goal lead before Gavin Malin got one back in injury time, only for Jackson Longridge to score right from the kick-off.

Stranraer are now six points ahead of Forfar, who slip to third behind Morton, with the Loons still having a game in hand.

Montrose continued their slip to the foot of the Scottish football league following their 1-0 loss at home to fellow strugglers East Stirlingshire. David Greenhill scored just inside the hour mark to earn Shire their second away win of the campaign.

The Gable Endies remain in eighth position in League Two, just two clear of bottom club Elgin City, and level on 19 points with Clyde in seventh and the Shire in ninth.

There was great news for Allan Moore despite the Lichties’ game being postponed as the gaffer earned the Manager of the Month award for December.

In League One this weekend, Forfar host Stenhousemuir while Brechin visit league leaders Stranraer.

League Two sees Montrose heading to Berwick Rangers and Arbroath away to Queen’s Park.

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