31 January 2019
Montrose v Brechin City - Match Preview
It's derby time again as City make the short journey to Montrose tomorrow afternoon hoping to make it three straight wins in League One.
Barry Smith's side go into the match full of confidence after back to back victories against fellow strugglers Dumbarton and promotion hopefuls Raith Rovers at Glebe Park in recent weeks. The last time City managed this feat was just under two years ago in March 2017.
City, however, have struggled against the Gable Endies so far this season and will travel to Links Park looking to avenge for the 2 defeats suffered earlier in the campaign.
Under the guidance of Stewart Petrie, Montrose have performed above many expectations following their promotion from League 2 and currently sit in a stable mid table position.
Brechin City's injury list shows no sign of easing, with none of the players absent last week likely to come back into reckoning for the game against Montrose. The Manager does have a trialist lined up to add to the squad and is hopeful that will fall into place in time for the game.
Barry said, "The boys should take confidence from beating a full time team and are looking to get another win, this time on the road. I'm only too aware that we've yet to get the better of Montrose this season and beating Raith Rovers only remains meaningful if we take points from this game. It's also encouraging that all 3 of our goals in the last 2 victories have come from first time City scorers, and the players, Stevie and I are hoping that these successive wins entice a few more of the Glebe Park supporters through to Links Park to cheer the lads on."
The referee tomorrow is Greg Aitken, assisted by David Doig and Gordon McCabe. Aitken took charge of the last gasp defeat against Falkirk at Glebe Park last season, in which he issued a straight red card to Aron Lynas who had come on as a substitute just two minutes prior.
The match is not segregated and admission prices at Links Park are as follows:
- Adults: £15
- Concessions: £8
- Parent & Child: £18
Montrose 2-1 Brechin City - 18th August 2018
City made the short journey to Links Park back in August in what was the first league fixture between the sides for over 16 years. It was a disastrous start to the game for City who were 2-0 down on the quarter hour mark and despite Boris Melingui pulling a goal back before half time, it wasn't enough as the Gable Endies held firm to record the win.
Brechin City 1-3 Montrose - 27th October 2018
Despite Sean Burns opening the scoring ten minutes into the second half, City succumbed to a dismal defeat against their Angus neighbours which proved to be Darren Dods' last match as City Manager. A brace from Martin Rennie sandwiched an impressive Craig Johnston strike as the visitors ran out comfortable winners at Glebe Park.