03 January 2019
Arbroath v Brechin City - Match Preview
As we enter the first game of 2019, City couldn't ask for a much more difficult fixture to start the year with a short trip to face table topping Arbroath tomorrow.
The Lichties were unbeaten in League One prior to their 2-0 loss against nearest challengers Raith Rovers a fortnight ago - but they extended their lead at the summit to a staggering 11 points last weekend with a point at Montrose, whilst Rovers lost at home to East Fife.
After a blistering first half to the season, Dick Campbell's side are now comfortable odds on favourites to to gain promotion to the Championship come May.
City go into the match in a run of poor form, having won just once in the last ten outings but Manager Barry Smith will be hoping his dealings in the January transfer window will make a positive impact.
New signing Scott Robertson comes into immediate contention for a starting place, with the only definite absentees being Ryan McGeever, Callum Tapping and Dene Shields.
Manager Barry Smith commented, "Both Stevie and I are delighted to secure the services of Scott Robertson. He will be a valuable addition and adds experience to the squad as well as being a very good player in his own right. We are working hard behind the scenes to bring other players to the club that will add quality and also freshen up the squad."
Taking charge of the derby is David Lowe, he will be assisted by Daniel McFarlane and Michael Addy. Lowe has already officiated an Angus derby featuring City this season in the 1-1 draw at Forfar, where he issued 3 bookings to either side.
The match is not segregated and admission prices are as follows:
- Adult £15
- Concession £8
- Parent & Child £18
The 36-0 Lounge at the ground will be open from 2pm, with away supporters welcome.
Arbroath 2-2 Brechin City - 1st September 2018
City can take heart from the second half performance at Gayfield in September. Goals from Jason Thomson and Bobby Linn had the Lichties in firm control early in the first half, at which point it looked like a case of how many for the home side. City, however, came back fighting in the second period with Andy Jackson grabbing a brace to earn a deserved point for a City side who could have easily come away with all 3.
Brechin City 1-5 Arbroath - 17th November 2018
The Lichties simply blew City away in the last meeting between the sides, which was Barry Smith's second game in charge. Goals from David Gold, Bobby Linn, Michael McKenna, Ryan Wallace and Jason Thomson had Arbroath 5-0 up before Ryan McGeever netted a consolation for City five minutes from time.