Forfar Athletic’s survival bid gathering pace ahead of tough run

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Forfar Athletic fans had little festive cheer when Christmas 2017 arrived. The Loons had lost their previous six games in all competitions, and looked trapped in a fight against relegation. But boss Jim Weir has is turning it around at Station Park.

In the final game of 2017, they shocked Ayr United by ending the Honest Men’s four-game home winning streak with a dramatic 3-2 victory. The visitors trailed 2-0 heading into the last 20 minutes, but showed a fighting spirit they’ve since retained.

The Angus club have taken 10 points from six games ahead of Saturday’s home meeting with table-toppers Raith Rovers. And the Loons’ attacking talents are starting to really click – as evidenced in the 5-1 demolition of Stranraer 10 days ago.

To put that result into context, it marked the first time the Blues had shipped five goals on their travels in more than 18 months!

Even the games that haven’t gone Forfar’s way have been close-run things. They haven’t lost any match by more than a single goal since Christmas.

And it’s been a real team effort. The Loons haven’t had one standout player, but the likes of Dylan Easton, Mark Millar and Matthew Aitken have all chipped in with crucial goals of late.

Meanwhile, Weir’s backline also need credit for conceding one goal or fewer in four of their last five matches.

That recent resurgence has seen the Loons climb out of the bottom two. Ninth-placed Albion Rovers do have games in hand, but are short on confidence following one point in their last eight games.

Forfar’s meeting with Raith on Saturday signals the start of a trio of games against Ladbrokes League 1’s top three sides.

It’s a run which would have seemed daunting a few months back – but which they could well take some points from right now.

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.