Around the grounds

There was one of everything for the Angus clubs on Saturday as the sides shared a win, a draw, a defeat and a postponement due to a frozen pitch, writes Scott Binnie.

Forfar Athletic closed the gap on League One leaders Stranraer to just one point following their 1-0 victory over Stirling Albion.

Gavin Malin netted his second goal in three games for the Loons in a comfortably victory over the 10-man Binos.

Stranraer’s 1-1 draw with Airdrieonians means Forfar are only a point behind the Blues with a game in hand; Greenock Morton are a point behind the Loons in third having played a game more.

Brechin City saw their home tie with Peterhead postponed due to a frozen surface at Glebe Park.

Cruel weather had rendered the pitch unplayable, slowing down City’s push through the play-off positions.

Montrose show no sign of escaping their run of bad luck after they were involved in a seven-goal thriller with Albion Rovers at Links Park.

George Shields’ side went into an early 2-0 lead thanks to strikes from Stephen O’Neill and David Banjo but found themselves 3-2 down shortly after the break following a double from Mark McGuigan and a strike from Ross Davidson.

Banjo restored parity eight minutes later though only for Thomas McCluskey to steal the points for Rovers in injury time.

The Gable Endies slip to eighth in the League Two table, just two points ahead of bottom club Elgin City who have played two games fewer than Montrose.

That 4-3 win means Albion Rovers are just two points behind leaders Arbroath as the Red Lichties were head to a 1-1 draw at Clyde.

Ross Fisher headed the Bully Wee into the lead after 20 minutes from Scott Durie’s cross.

Arbroath weren’t level until midway through the second period as Mark Whatley nodded in from Keiran Stewart’s cross.

Paul McManus and Bobby Linn both went close in the dying stages but the visitors couldn’t grab the three points.

This Saturday, Brechin City will travel to face Airdrieonians, Forfar Athletic entertain fellow title chasers Greenock Morton, Arbroath play East Fife and Montrose host Annan.