29 November 2019
Brechin City v Stenhousemuir - Match Preview
After three consecutive matches on the road, coupled with a weeks break due to the Scottish Cup, City are back on home soil for the first time in almost a month as we welcome Stenhousemuir to Glebe Park for a crucial League 2 fixture tomorrow afternoon.
Mark Wilson is likely to have a full squad to choose from, with full back Chris McLaughlin returning from suspension after sitting out the last league match against Cove Rangers. Experienced striker Paul McManus has been struggling with a back problem but has benefited from a weeks rest and will be available for selection. On-loan St Johnstone winger Olly Hamilton had a slight calf strain but was back in training on Wednesday.
Looking back to the last match against Cove a fortnight ago, Mark said, "We went up there with a game plan - we knew Cove's strengths and we tried to nullify them the best we could. We knew we would have to soak up the pressure and attack them on the break and I think we did that well for the majority of the game. Cove hit the bar and Ross Sinclair had some good saves but all in all I was pleased with the way the boys kept their shape, especially with some players out of position such as McIntosh at left back and McCord playing a bit deeper. We looked to use our wide players to spring forward and support McManus upfront.
"It was a bit of quality that undone us with the backheel setting up their first goal but I feel 3-0 was a bit harsh on us after that. There was a lot of positives to take from it again but we need to be taking points from games now. Games against Cove aren't going to define where we are this season so as long as we keep putting in the same effort in other games we will be alright."
A closed doors friendly was arranged against a young Dundee side last Tuesday in which City won 2-1, Mark commented, "It was an chance to give some minutes to the guys that haven't been playing as much and it gave us an opportunity to have a look at a couple of trialists. It was a very worthwhile exercise."
Looking ahead to the game tomorrow, Mark said, "The next few matches are hugely important to us. We've had some tough fixtures lately with a run of away games after playing high flying Edinburgh at home. The fixtures coming up are against teams just above us in the table and we need to be taking points. It wasn't a pretty game in the last match against Stenhousemuir but I felt on the day we were the better side and were undone by a set-piece which was hugely disappointing. We have the quality to trouble them and we will be looking to get forward more than we have against the likes of Cove and Edinburgh City where we have had to contain for much of the game."
The match referee tomorrow is Steven Kirkland who will be assisted by Andrew McWilliam and Keiran Trayner.
Standard league admission prices apply for tomorrow's fixture. They are as follows:
- Adult £13
- Concession £9 (Under 18's, Over 65's and Students)
- Parent & Child £16
The City Club bar, situated within the David H Will Stand, will be open to both sets of supporters from 1pm (subject to payment of gate entry) and again following the game until 8pm. The bar will be showing live BT Sport coverage before and after the game.
We welcome our neighbours and main sponsors Glencadam to the Boardroom tomorrow, with lifelong supporter Jim Craig sponsoring the matchball. The mascot leading out the team will be Ellie Hamilton. We hope you all enjoy your day at Glebe Park and thank you for your continued support.
Stenhousemuir 1-0 Brechin City - 21 September 2019
Mark Hopkirk’s header midway through the second half proved to be the difference in what was a fiery encounter at Ochilview in September, but one that was starved of any real moments of quality from either side. To add insult to injury, young St Johnstone loanee Olly Hamilton was shown a straight red after the final whistle for dissent.