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There are just four games to go this season and there’s still plenty to play for in terms of our Angus clubs, but one of those tantalising targets was removed on Saturday.

Arbroath’s 1-1 draw at home to Annan Athletic means the Smokies are no longer able to win the League Two title, with Allan Moore’s side left 13 points behind Albion Rovers with just 12 points to play for.

It’s a remarkably disappointing turnaround for the Red Lichties who looked to have one hand on the title at Christmas, but it goes to show you that nothing is a given in football.

Kenneth Mackay put the Galabankies ahead just after half time before Simon Murray restored parity minutes later.

Arbroath, now winless in their last 16, travel to face in-form Elgin City on Saturday.

At the other end of the table, Montrose were all but confirmed as the dreaded Club 42 after a 2-2 draw at home to title-chasing Queen’s Park.

Paul Watson gave the hosts a half-time lead but an own goal from on-loan Forfar Athletic defender Andrew Steeves pulled the Spiders level.

Shaun Rooney made it 2-1 minutes later before Garry Wood levelled from 12 yards in the 81st minute.

The Gable Endies are 12 points behind Berwick Rangers in ninth with a dozen to play for, but barring a crazy turn of evens including a 43-goal swing, the Links Park club will be facing Edinburgh City or Brora Rangers with their league status on the line.

They visit East Stirling on Saturday.

In League One, two late goals from Bobby Barr and returning loan star Jamie Masson helped City defeat Greenock Morton 2-0 and stay on track for a play-off spot.

Forfar will need to keep showing the resilience they displayed at Ochilview Park if they want to pick up the league title.

Colin McMenamin put Stenhousemuir ahead before Anthony Marenghi was given a red card.

Martyn Fotheringham hit a brace and Gavin Swankie score the third to help the Loons to a rousing fight-back that sees them remain one point off the leaders Stranraer.

This weekend, Forfar host Airdrieonians while Brechin entertain Stirling Albion.