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News - 12 September 2018

Brechin City v Raith Rovers - Match Preview - By Steven Mew

City go into the match against league favourites Raith Rovers tomorrow afternoon hoping to continue where they left off before the international break.

City fought back from two-goal deficits to gain a win and a draw against promotion hopefuls Dumbarton and Arbroath respectively in recent weeks and will be hoping to replicate that fighting spirit against Rovers who are currently without a Manager after parting ways with ex-City defender Barry Smith.

Jordan Tapping has fully recovered from injury and will be available for selection, but Dougie Hill is still rated at 50/50. Club captain Paul McLean and Dene Shields continue to miss out through injury.

Manager Darren Dods said, "It's difficult to know if the timing of the international break is to our benefit or not, but now it's just an accepted part of the football calendar. Hopefully it will have let a few players get over their niggles.

"Raith Rovers are at the top end of the league as most would have predicted. Their circumstances over the last week or so will bring with it its own dangers to us as their players will be looking to impress their new manager in waiting."

Scott Millar will take charge of the game tomorrow - he will be assisted by Michael Banks and Chris Newman. Millar last officiated a City game in April 2017 as eventual league winners Livingston ran out 2-0 winners at Glebe Park thanks to a double from Liam Buchanan.

Usual league prices apply for this fixture - they are as follows:

- Adult £15
- Concession £8
- Parent & Child £18

The City Club bar (situated within David H Will Stand) will be open to both sets of supporters from 1pm until 2:55pm and immediately after the game until 8pm. The bar will be showing live BT coverage of the English Premier League match betwen Watford and Manchester United from 5pm.

The match ball for tomorrow has been sponsored by Honorary Life Member and former club Secretary George Johnston.

A fortnight ago City fought back from 2 goals down for the second time in the space of a week - this time to grab a point away to local rivals Arbroath. First half goals from Jason Thomson and Bobby Linn had the Lichties in the driving seat however a brace from Andy Jackson early on in the second period earned a draw.

Raith meanwhile were comfortable 4-0 winners at home to Forfar Athletic in their last league outing thanks to goals from Kevin Nisbet, Lewis Vaughan (2) and Chris Duggan. The Kirkcaldy side were in action last weekend in the Irn Bru Cup, losing 5-0 against Ross County in Dingwall with all goals coming in the first half.

The last meeting was one to remember for City fans as the two sides clashed in the Championship play-off semi final in May 2017. Following a 1-1 draw at Glebe Park in the first tie - the second leg at Starks Park produced a pulsating game which ended 3-3 after extra time with City winning 4-3 on penalties. A week later City emerged victorious, again on penalties, against Alloa in the final to clinch promotion to the Championship.