Around the grounds

Montrose picked up a phenomenal victory over Arbroath on Saturday that leaves the Smokies five points behind Albion Rovers and gives the Mo some hope of avoiding 10th, writes Scott Binnie.

Graham Webster opened the scoring in the first half before Ross Campbell added a quick-fire double after the break.

The 3-0 romp gives Paul Hegarty his first win as manager at Links Park and pulls the Mo four points behind Berwick Rangers in ninth, though the Wee Gers do have two games in hand.

Arbroath meanwhile remain winless in 2015 and have slipped five points behind the leaders Albion Rovers. It’s a remarkable turnaround for Allan Moore’s side and one that the Lichties faithful will be desperate to see ended against Clyde this Saturday, with Rovers heading to Gayfield Park next mid-week.

Forfar Athletic have thrust themselves back into the League One title race with their stunning 2-0 defeat of leaders Greenock Morton.

Goals from James Dale and Gavin Malin gave Forfar just their fourth away victory of the season in all competitions and lifted them above Brechin City into third.

Forfar are now just three points behind Morton with a game in hand, against Peterhead last night (Tuesday); a win at Balmoor would put Forfar joint top, second only on goal difference.

Brechin City’s remarkable unbeaten run is up to 17 now following a 0-0 home draw with Airdrieonians, themselves moving to seven league games without defeat.

Gerry McLauchlan went close for the hosts in the first half on two occasions while Jamie Bain also saw a header go wide. Bobby Barr and Alan Trouten then fluffed chances for City before Jim Lister fired wide.

The striker was sent off late on for a second bookable offence.

City drop to fourth in League One but are seven points clear of Dunfermline Athletic, so they’re snugly in the last play-off position at the moment.

This Saturday, in League One Forfar Athletic host fellow title challengers Stranraer and Brechin City visit play-off chasers Peterhead, while in League Two, Arbroath welcome Clyde to Gayfield Park and Montrose travel to Albion Rovers.