14 February 2019
Airdrieonians v Brechin City - Match Preview
City travel to face Airdrieonians tomorrow afternoon looking to make amends following a damaging derby defeat against Montrose last time out, however despite a weekend without competitive action, Brechin City's injury list continues to hamper the progress of the Management Team of Barry Smith and Stevie Campbell.
Supporters who saw City's defeat at Links Park against Montrose a couple of weeks ago may have spotted Sean Burns leave the pitch at the final whistle with his wrist strapped up. This has subsequently been confirmed as a fracture meaning that he will be absent for a minimum of 4 weeks. As a result our newest recruit, Dundee United loanee Tam Scobbie, is likely to feature on City's left and Scott Robertson also comes into contention, himself returning from injury.
Lewis Toshney however will definitely miss out, sadly in his instance, due to a family bereavement. Despite a lack of recent match fitness, defender Ryan McGeever is another who may feature as he returns from lengthy absence and, further up the pitch, Kalvin Orsi is also struggling with injury and will undergo a late fitness test before a final decision is made about City's starting XI.
Barry said, "There's no doubt it's a testing time right now and it feels like anyone coming back from injury is almost immediately replaced by someone else joining the sidelines.
"The reduced number of players able to train at times can be a problem, and in reality we haven't really benefited from having a free weekend. Having said all that, our starting line-up is more than capable of competing and both Stevie and I recognise how hard the newer players are working to gel with their new team-mates to create a stronger unit both on and off the park.
"We know Airdrie will provide a tough challenge, particularly on their own patch, but we go there not feeling sorry for ourselves but with a renewed determination to take something from the game and move on from the disappointment we all felt at Montrose."
The match referee tomorrow is Barry Cook - he will be assisted by Stuart Hodge and Richard Murray. Cook recently took charge of a City game in the local derby against Forfar Athletic at Station Park in December which ended in a 2-0 defeat.
Admission prices for the Penny Cars Stadium are as follows. City fans will be situated in the south end of the Jack Dalziel Stand.
- Adult £16
- Concession £10
- Child (under 16) £7
- Parent & Child £20
Brechin City Supporters Club are running a coach to the game which will leave Mackie Motors Bus Stance at 10:15am and then from St Ninians Square at 10:30am. To book your seat on the bus, please contact Ann-Marie on 07725 761429 or leave your name on the Supporters Club facebook page. The bus has kindly been sponsored by Blacks of Brechin.
Airdrieonians 1-3 Brechin City - 6th October 2018
City travelled to face the Diamonds at the Penny Cars Stadium in October - the scene of our only win on the road this season to date. Joao Victoria gave the hosts the lead on the quarter hour mark but an almost immediate reply from Andy Jackson ensured City went in at the break level. A stunning long range strike from Sean Burns and a superb individual goal from Jackson handed City a comfortable win.
Brechin City 0-1 Airdrieonians - 22nd December 2018
The last meeting between the sides ended in a narrow defeat in what was a fairly drab affair at Glebe Park. Ex-City striker Darryl Duffy netted the only goal of the game, converting a penalty 18 minutes from time.