Albion Rovers v Forfar Athletic Match Preview

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What you need to know:

Weather: Sunny but cloudy.

Kick-off: 15:00

Where: Cliftonhill Stadium


On Saturday afternoon, we welcome Angus side Forfar Athletic to Coatbridge, a game that is vital for Rovers to come away with all three points if we are to push ourselves into a play-off position.

The visitors, who are currently fighting for their lives at the bottom of the Ladbrokes League One table, are in desperate need of a victory to aid their survival bit – the Loons currently sitting just two points adrift of rivals Brechin City.

Although a draw last weekend secured Rovers place in League One for next season, it has also made the push for the play-offs slightly more difficult, with Stranraer now needing to slip up in both of their remaining games. It is however still possible and a task player/manager Darren Young still feels is possible.

“It’s going to be difficult (to reach the play-offs), we’re not going to kid ourselves, but if we win our final two matches and results go elsewhere for us then who knows what can happen.

“We’re desperate to get the victory and pile the pressure on Stranraer and hope that Brechin can do us a favour and take points off them.”

Rovers record against the Loons this season hasn’t been brilliant – two defeats and one draw – and Young understands how difficult a challenge it could prove to be to face the fired-up Forfarians.

“They will be up for this as they know that if they lose again they could be relegated. It’s a massive match for both teams.”

The coaching staff will have a near enough full strength squad to pick from, however, midfielder Darren Petrie and striker Andrew Barrowman are likely to be unavailable, with a shortage of match fitness.

It’s another huge match in Rovers League One calendar, one which may prove to be the final home game of the season. If it is to be the final game at Cliftonhill of the season, it’s hugely important that the Rovers faithful give all the players the sending off they deserve, after such an impressive debut season in League One following last season’s promotion.

Young is hoping that a second successful season can pave the way for further supporters to come along to Cliftonhll next season and support the side.

“The fans that turn up week in week out have been absolutely outstanding for us this season. Deep down though, after having another amazing season, we’re really hoping that next season we can get a better turn out at matches. Last year we won the league, this year we’ve been fighting it out in the play-off positions for most of the season whilst having the smallest budget in the league.

“We just hope it’s made more people want to come along to Cliftonhill and support a successful team. It’s been an absolute roller coaster ride and anyone who has come along will tell you that they’ve been entertained from start to finish.”

He concluded: “If we manage to get a few hundred extra fans through the door, it would make a massive difference financially to us, we could potentially enjoy even more success.”