Ladbrokes Leagues 1 & 2 round-up
Brechin City refuse to be discarded in the League 1 title race and moved joint-top as Alloa and Livingston both stuttered.
Goals from Ally Love and Andy Jackson secured a 2-1 home win over a Peterhead side, who had led at half-time through the inevitable Rory McAllister goal.
Alloa surrendered a two-goal lead and could only draw at bottom club Stenhousemuir after having Jim Goodwin sent off with Oliver Shaw coming up with a last-minute equaliser.
Livingston finished with only nine players in the 3-1 defeat at East Fife. Jamie Insall scored a double for the home side before Michael Miller and Alan Lithgow were red-carded late on.
Albion Rovers claimed the scalp of local rivals Airdrieonians 2-0 and, with it, a slice of history. It had been 70 years since Albion last won a league match at Airdrie and they savoured it.
Mark Ferry, who netted the second goal, admitted: “I never realised it had been 70 years. You could say my goal was a big one and we are delighted with the three points and clean sheet.”
Manager Darren Young added: “I had not realised it had been 70 years since we last managed to win. It was great result for the team the club and the town.”
Iain Russell’s sending-off left Airdrie with too much to recover and defender Marc Fitzpatrick stated: “We were not good enough in the first half and found ourselves two goals down.
“We did have a reasonable start in the second half but it was very difficult after we went down to 10 men.
“They were strong defensively and we need to stop leaking goals and stay tighter as we try and pick ourselves up for a big game at Alloa.”
Stranraer won 2-0 against 10-man Queen’s Park at Hampden with goals from Liam Dick and Craig Malcolm. Darren Miller was sent off for the home side.
As Manchester City prepare to visit Scotland, they should be aware that Forfar Athletic are the only team in Britain with a better league record than them.
Gary Bollan’s side made it seven wins out of seven and moved eight points clear at the top of League 2 with a 1-0 win at closest rivals Clyde.
Bollan described the performance as “workmanlike” and admitted his team were “fortunate winners” but his team displayed a resilience that pleased him.
Elgin City moved into third place with a resounding 4-0 victory at Stirling Albion, a result that led to Stuart McLaren, the home manager, departing the club.
McLaren took over from Greig McDonald in November 2014 but his team have managed just one league win this season and currently sit second-bottom.
Arbroath and Cowdenbeath, meanwhile, could not come up with a goal between them and it was a similar tale at Links Park where Montrose and Berwick played out a goalless draw.
Edinburgh City earned only their second point, after drawing 1-1 at Annan Athletic thanks to an own goal from Steven Swinglehurst.