10 March 2019
Stranraer v Brechin City - Match Preview
City make the long journey south-west tomorrow evening for a crucial league fixture against Stranraer at Stair Park.
With just one point separating the sides in the table, the fixture is of huge importance as both clubs battle to avoid the bottom two with just 9 games remaining.
City travel with the same pool of players who were available for selection for Saturday's local derby against Forfar Athletic. Despite having as full a squad to pick from as he's had since joining the club, on the back of 3 successive draws, Manager Barry Smith is likely to stick with familiarity when naming his starting line-up. Fans will doubtless acknowledge a concern over central defender Dougie Hill who suffered a shoulder injury on Saturday, although the squad is better placed to cover this should Dougie - who scored his first goal of the season - fail to recover in time.
Barry commented, "In looking at positives we have to recognise that, in the last two games, we've drawn against the teams second and fourth in the League and with that comes credibility and confidence.
"I remain convinced that, had we seen it out until half-time against Forfar we'd have had every chance to re-group at half-time and go on to win the game. We played good football in the first half against a right good side.
"We were unfortunate not to pick up anything against Stranraer a couple of weeks ago, so we've every reason to go into the game at Stair Park with a good attitude and optimism in what the players fully realise is a crucial game."
The referee tomorrow evening is John McKendrick who will be assisted by Ralph Gordon and Scott Love. Coincidentally, the last City game McKendrick took charge of was also against Stranraer - that being the 1-1 draw at Glebe Park in September where he issued 4 yellow cards, all to the away side.
For those City fans braving the long midweek journey, admission prices are as follows:
- Adults £15
- Concessions £10
- Secondary School £5
- Primary School FREE
Brechin City 1-1 Stranraer - 29 September 2018
The first fixture between the sides this season saw a share of the spoils at Glebe Park in September. An inch-perfect 20 yard free kick from Callum Tapping had given City a half time lead, however Luke Donnelly struck late for Stranraer 5 minutes from time to earn a draw.
Brechin City 1-2 Stranraer - 23 February 2019
The last meeting just a few weeks ago saw the Blues take all three points back south-west. City took the lead through Euan Smith but an almost immediate reply from Innes Cameron levelled things up at the break. The winning goal came 20 minutes from time courtesy of a deflected Jamie Hamill free kick.