Weir de­mands For­far set down cup marker

Sta­tion Park side and Mon­trose hope to snatch first derby win of sea­son

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - SPORT - ERIC NI­COL­SON

In a sea­son that will be brim­ful of An­gus der­bies, For­far and Mon­trose will look to claim the first vic­tory tonight.

The two clubs are in League One this year along with Brechin and Ar­broath.

And this even­ing’s Bet­fred Cup clash at Sta­tion Park rep­re­sents a chance to put down a marker.

For­far boss Jim Weir said: “The league der­bies will be cru­cial to how well we do this sea­son.

“When­ever you play one, whether it’s the cup or the league, you want to win it and this one will be no dif­fer­ent. The play­ers are up for them and the sup­port­ers want to win so much.

“I watched Mon­trose go toe to toe with St John­stone on Satur­day. A lot of teams are in­tro­duc­ing new play­ers but they are a very set­tled unit. They are well drilled and ev­ery­body knows their job.”

For­far got a bet­ter re­sult against East Fife than when they played Falkirk but Weir was hap­pier with what he saw in the de­feat than the draw and penalty shootout win.

“I was de­lighted with how we played against Falkirk but we didn’t get the re­wards,” he said.

“We got two points away at East Fife but it was the com­plete op­po­site. It was very poor. We didn’t gel as a team.

“I was dis­ap­pointed and the guys were dis­ap­pointed as well, which is a good sign. It felt like a de­feat to them.

“We need to make sure we do bet­ter against Mon­trose.” A win for Mon­trose would give them a good chance pro­gress­ing to the next round.

“That was never in our thoughts,” ad­mit­ted man­ager Ste­wart Petrie.

“It’s been about im­prov­ing our fit­ness and us­ing as many play­ers in our squad as we can.

“We did well against St John­stone on Satur­day. We needed our keeper to stop it from be­ing two or three but in the last 15 min­utes we hit the wood­work twice.

“Over­all, I was re­ally pleased with how the boys played against a very good, pow­er­ful and quick St John­stone side.”

He added: “It’s al­ways nice for me to go back to Sta­tion Park.

“Jim has put to­gether a strong squad. Play­ing them and East Fife will give us a good in­di­ca­tion of what we’re go­ing to come up against in League One.”

Jamie Red­man, Gra­ham Web­ster and Liam Cal­laghan are avail­able. Michael Bolo­choweckyj is in­jured and Paul Wat­son sus­pended. of

SNS.

Jim Weir, right, will lead For­far into the first An­gus derby of the sea­son against Ste­wart Petrie’s Mon­trose.

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