Ner­vous week­end ahead as all to play for at the top and the bot­tom

The Herald - Herald Sport - - SPFL CHAMPIONSHIP -

THERE is every­thing to play for at both ends of the ta­ble as League One reaches its cli­max on Satur­day.

Stran­raer, Air­drieo­ni­ans and Al­bion Rovers are all chas­ing one pro­mo­tion play-off slot and Cow­den­beath, Brechin and Sten­house­muir are all seek­ing to avoid the re­main­ing rel­e­ga­tion play-off spot.

It means there is some­thing at stake in all five matches.

The only mat­ter set­tled on Satur­day was the fate of Forfar, who are au­to­mat­i­cally rel­e­gated af­ter los­ing 3-2 at Al­bion with Mick Dun­lop’s late goal in­flict­ing the pain.

“I’ve never been in this po­si­tion in my ca­reer, so it’s hard to take,” ad­mit­ted Gary Bol­lan, the Forfar man­ager.

“The re­build­ing process will be­gin as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Brechin oc­cu­pied the base­ment for much of the sea­son, but their 1-0 win over Stran­raer, cour­tesy of a late goal from Jamie Rob­son, means they will be safe if they beat Forfar on Satur­day, given their goal dif­fer­ence.

Alan Cook scored a dou­ble as Sten­house­muir moved closer to safety with a 3-1 win at Cow­den­beath.

Ayr United leapfrogged Peter­head to take over sec­ond place with a 4-0 win at Som­er­set Park with Craig Moore scor­ing twice.

But the main talk­ing point was the red card for Peter­head striker Rory McAl­lis­ter af­ter just 10 min­utes for lash­ing out at Peter Mur­phy. It came shortly af­ter he had missed a penalty.

Air­drie shocked cham­pi­ons Dun­fermline with a 3-0 vic­tory with Marc Fitzpa­trick, Dy­lan Mackin and Jim Lis­ter all on tar­get.

In League Two, there is still a queue for play-off places with Queen’s Park, El­gin City, Clyde and An­nan Ath­letic all still in the hunt.

El­gin im­proved their chances with a 3-0 win at East Stir­ling­shire with Dy­lan Eas­ton scor­ing the fi­nal goal.

Man­ager Jim Weir is happy enough that it all boils down to Satur­day’s game against Ar­broath.

“If you had of­fered me that back at the start of the sea­son last Au­gust, then of course I would have taken it, with­out a shadow of a doubt,” he said.

“We’ve climbed back into the top four af­ter this win, so a lot of things have to go against us if we’re go­ing to miss out.”

Queen’s Park also look a good bet af­ter beat­ing Clyde 2-1 but An­nan’s hopes suf­fered a set­back when they lost 2-1 at Stir­ling Al­bion.

Moses Olan­re­waju and Ross Ka­vanagh scored for Stir­ling and An­nan’s only re­sponse came from Josh Todd.

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