Rovers sink fur­ther into mire

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Mon­k­lands Derby Day Spe­cial -

Mark Pirie The un­doubted star man of Al­bion Rovers sea­son. An ever-present in the side through­out the sea­son, the at­tack­ing mid­fielder has been at the heart of Rovers at­tack­ing force this term and is the top scorer with an as­tound­ing 28 goals.

Im­pres­sive for a side lan­guish­ing at the foot of the ta­ble. The skip­per this term has bat­tled through in­jury to at­tempt to help his side avoid the drop.

The for­mer Kil­marnock mid­fielder has been in­dus­tri­ous in the heart of mid­field and has even been asked to play as a full-back at times. Al­ways no­table when not in the start­ing eleven. The vet­eran of lower league foot­ball has been the only con­stant fea­ture of an in­jury-hit Rovers back­line this sea­son. The 34-year-old moved from League Two Clyde last sum­mer where he was fea­tur­ing as a de­fen­sive mid­fielder. How­ever Brian Kerr switched him to full-back and he has played al­most ev­ery game this sea­son. Vic­to­ria made the step up to League One from Low­land League East Kil­bride last sum­mer and has en­joyed a run in the team since the de­par­ture of Con­nor Shields to Sun­der­land. He has chipped in with six goals in the league as well as four as­sists.

Qui­etly ef­fec­tive through­out the sea­son. The Rangers loan kid has made a prob­lem po­si­tion his own this sea­son. The Coat­bridge out­fit have strug­gled to find a star man be­tween the sticks but the Jan­uary sign­ing of the Scot­land un­der-19 keeper bol­stered the strug­gling back­line.

No­tably a big miss while on in­ter­na­tional duty last month. Al­bion Rovers ......... 0 For­far ...................... 1 Al­bion Rovers’fight for sur­vival took an­other un­for­tu­nate plot twist on Satur­day as For­far stole all three points in the dy­ing mo­ments of the game.

Josh Peters net­ted in in­jury time to leave the Clifton­hill club level on points with Queens Park with only three games re­main­ing.

The match was largely dom­i­nated by For­far with the vis­i­tors amass­ing 11 shots on goal; eight on tar­get to the hosts’two.

New sign­ing Scott McLean, for­merly of Kil­marnock, made his first start for Rovers but the tricky winger wasn’t able to in­flu­ence pro­ceed­ings in the way he’d have hoped.

For­far started brightly and carved out sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties with Mark Mil­lar and Michael Travis com­ing close in quick suc­ces­sion.

An un­event­ful first-half played in rain of bi­b­li­cal pro­por­tions was called to a halt with Rovers aim­ing to re­group and give a bet­ter ac­count of them­selves in the sec­ond pe­riod.

But For­far again seized the ini­tia­tive and could have gone in front after a goal mouth scram­ble shortly after the re-start.

Both teams were then limited to fairly long range ef­forts in a game which failed to pro­duce much qual­ity, un­til Peters turned his man in the box in the dy­ing mo­ments to clinch the points for For­far.

De­light Scott Chap­lain finds the net for Rovers

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