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Albion denied top spot again

Albion dropped points for the second straight game and missed out on the chance to move top of League Two again courtesy of a 3-2 defeat to East Fife.

Rovers, who originally missed the chance to reach the summit when losing to Elgin over the weekend, were undone by a Kevin Smith brace, which came either side of Nathan Austin’s effort, with three goals coming in the final 10 minutes of a breathless encounter.

Knowing they only needed a point to move into pole position, Albion started brightly with John Gemmell’s header being tipped over the top by goalkeeper Allan Fleming.

They drew first blood in the 24th minute thanks to Marc McKenzie’s stunning strike from near the byline which whistled into the net.

The visitors offered little threat until they were back level nine minutes after the interval, Smith rifling home with his left boot inside the area.

Austin’s 80th-minute header put the Fifers ahead for the first time and although Gemmell’s penalty levelled matters again three minutes later, Smith would have the final say with a clinical finish with five minutes to go.


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Elgin City 2-0 Albion Rovers

The Rovers missed the chance to go top of the table as they were beaten 2-0 at Elgin.

The hosts had not won at home since August but goals from Dennis Wyness and Shane Sutherland secured a fourth win in five outings for Jim Weir’s improving side.

With Arbroath’s game postponed, Rovers could have gone top but fell behind six minutes before the break when Wyness turned in Archie MacPhee’s cross.

Elgin goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw was called on to save from Scott Chaplain before City missed a glorious chance to double the lead.

Neil Parry brought Craig Gunn down in the area but the goalkeeper recovered to stop Archie MacPhee’s spot-kick.

Laidlaw stopped from Ross Dunlop in stoppage time, before Sutherland collected Craig Thomson’s pass at the other end and slotted past Parry to make sure of the points.


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Ross Davidson

Breaking News: Former Kilmarnock player Ross Davidson has signed until the end of the season!


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Albion Rovers 2 – 1 Queens Park

Albion Rovers were rewarded for their efforts to clear their pitch of snow as they beat Queen’s Park to move level on points with league leaders Arbroath.

Scott Chaplain headed Rovers in front in 17 minutes from a Mark McGuigan cross and the Spiders’ task was made even harder when Bryan Wharton was sent off for two bookings in five minutes.

Yet they levelled when John Carter headed in a Darren Miller free-kick.

But almost straight away Gary Phillips headed home the winner for Rovers.

Lineup

Name GLS Cards
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Subs

Name GLS Cards
15. Jamie Pollock← Gary Fisher
16. Liam Cusack← Mark McGuigan
19. John Gemmell← Scott Chaplain

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Opperation pitch clear

Albion Rovers fans, coaches and board members arrived early on Saturday morning to help clear the park at Cliftonhill.

With the help of the Albion Rovers Community Facebook and Twitter accounts the Rovers encouraged enough people to help get the playing surface in good condition for a pitch inspection at 1.30pm.

The Rovers who have had two games postponed due to the weather in the last month were determined that their game against fellow promotion hunters Queens Park would be on. During Friday afternoon and evening the locals were asked to turn up early on Saturday morning to help remove the snow from the pitch. There was a chance that the ground underneath would be solid ice, but volunteers soon found that the playing surface was playable underneath once they removed all the snow.

 


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Albion Rovers In The Community

The new Albion Rovers in the Community Facebook and Twitter accounts are now live.

 

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Following the success of the October Holiday Camp we are pleased to announce a two day Camp on February 9th and 10th at St. Ambrose High School Coatbridge. We will run the following classes.

MINI KICKERS 18 MTHS – 2YEARS MONDAY 10AM-10.45AM

MINI KICKERS 3 YEARS – 5 YEARS MONDAY 11AM-11.45AM

MINI KICKERS 18 MTHS – 2 YEARS TUESDAY 10AM-10.45AM

MINI KICKERS 3 YEARS – 5 YEARS TUESDAY 11AM-11.45AM

6-8 YEARS FOOTBALL CAMP MON AND TUES 10AM-3PM

9-11 YEARS FOOTBALL CAMP MON AND TUES 10AM – 3PM

12-14 YEARS FOOTBALL CAMP MON AND TUES 10AM-3PM

Mini Kickers classes will be charged at £4 per session and the Football Camp will be £20 for the two days.

To avoid disappointment please book early as spaces are limited.

Email tony.mcminn@albionroversfc.com for a booking form.

 

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McCluskey leaves it late

Thomas McCluskey hit a stoppage-time winner as Albion made it three straight victories by coming from two down to beat Montrose 4-3.

Stephen O’Neill fired the hosts in front in the sixth minute and then set up David Banjo to double the lead after a quarter of an hour.

But Mark McGuigan started the comeback three minutes later when he converted Ross Davidson’s pass.

McGuigan was on target again to haul Rovers level with a 32nd-minute header from Alan Reid’s cross.

Davidson put the visitors ahead just after half-time when he buried Joshua Mullin’s pass from close range, only for Banjo to grab his second to equalise.

But McCluskey settled it three minutes into injury time when he collected Alistair Love’s pass and fired home.


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Arbroath Game is off

Today’s top of the league Rovers game at Arbroath is OFF due to High Winds.


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Rovers unbeaten in last 6 home games

Albion Rovers’ 2-0 victory over Annan Athletic at Cliftonhill closed the gap on Arbroath at the top of the League 2 table to just four points. Darren Young’s side are now unbeaten in their last six home league matches, something they had managed just once in the last four years. Rovers have also recorded three consecutive clean sheets in the league in Coatbridge for the first time since 2011. Saturday’s game was the 10th time the sides had faced each other in the league at Cliftonhill, and Rovers strengthened their grip on the head-to-head record by picking up their fifth win, to Annan’s two.


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Albion Rovers 2-0 Annan Athletic

Albion took advantage of leaders Arbroath’s slip to close the gap at the top to four points with a 2-0 win against Annan.

Darren Young’s men were pushed all the way by their fourth-placed opponents, though, with victory only assured when Joshua Mullin scored on the break in stoppage time.

Annan goalkeeper Alex Mitchell denied Marc McKenzie in one-on-ones twice in the first half while Stuart McColm forced a save from Neil Parry at the other end.

McKenzie made it third time lucky when he went through on goal and slotted past Mitchell in the 51st minute.

Ryan McStay’s free-kick was kept out by Parry soon after while Kieran Brannan also made the home keeper work.

But when Annan pushed numbers forward for a corner in the dying stages, Albion broke quickly and John Gemmell set up Mullins to stroke in from close range.