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News - 2 January 2020

Brechin City v Cove Rangers - Match Preview - By Steven Mew

City enter the new year with league leaders Cove Rangers first footing at Glebe Park tomorrow afternoon.

City go into the game off the back of a stalemate against Albion Rovers last weekend and showing continued improvement with 7 points from an available 12. Paul Hartley's side meanwhile have won their last three league matches and currently sit two points clear of Edinburgh City at the summit.

After missing the last two matches through suspension, the experienced Dougie Hill returns to the squad whilst fellow defender Scott Reekie also comes back into contention, having missed the last couple of games through a mixture of illness and suspension.

However midfielder Luke Watt will sit out tomorrow's game after picking up a second yellow late on against Albion Rovers last weekend. Paul Allan is doubtful again having sustained an injury against Elgin a fortnight ago.

Manager Mark Wilson is currently working towards securing transfer targets but advised we are unlikely to see any movement before tomorrow's match.

Manager Mark Wilson said, "I thought we played well last week, particularly going forward. Considering it was a bit of a makeshift squad featuring a few guys who haven't had a lot of game time, I thought they did incredibly well. I don't think there's any doubt about it that we should have won the game - Albion Rovers had a few chances themselves but I thought we were by far the better team. I was delighted with how the boys played, particularly those who haven't featured as much.

"The return of Hill and Reekie gives us more options and something to think about. Lee Duncanson did well last week, particularly going forward and was a real attacking threat down that right hand side."

Looking ahead to the match tomorrow, Mark said, "When you look back at the last game against Cove, the players did everything that was asked of them but in the last 15 minutes or so Cove showed that bit of quality that won them the game and I feel the scoreline was a bit harsh.

"I'm happy with how we are playing at the moment and we are picking up points and even in other games we probably deserved more. We're not far away and I'm pleased with how they are applying themselves but we are under no illusions how difficult it will be tomorrow.

"Cove are the top outfit in the league and have an embarrassment of riches compared to other clubs so they will make it incredibly difficult. Paul (Hartley) sets his team out in an attacking fashion and it makes it difficult for other teams. It will be tough but it's one we are looking forward to, especially coming off the back of a few good performances.

Tomorrow's match referee is David Dicksonson - he will be assisted by Ross Haswell and Greig Haynes.

Standard league admission prices apply for this fixture. They are as follows:

- Adult £13
- Concessions £9 (Under 18's, Over 65's and Students)
- Parent & Child £16

Please note that there will be a bucket collection at the Trinity Road turnstiles in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Supporters should note that the City Club is fully booked for hospitality tomorrow - with limited capacity in the Platinum Lounge for pay bar walk-ins.

There will be live music from local singer/guitarist Mike Mackenzie from 5:30pm-8pm in the City Club with free admission to all from 5:30pm.

Match sponsors tomorrow are James Lammond Ltd, a local plumbing company who continue to support the club greatly. We hope you enjoy your day in Boardroom Hospitality. Meanwhile the match ball has been sponsored by Dean Greig who we also thank for his continued backing.

Cove Rangers 3-0 Brechin City - 16 November 2019
Three late goals from league leaders Cove Rangers consigned City to a fourth straight defeat in League Two back in November. It was a game which Paul Hartley’s men dominated from start to finish, however a resolute City defence held firm right up until 12 minutes from time when ex-City forward Mitch Megginson broke the visitors stubborn resistance. Further goals from on-loan Dundee United midfielder Declan Glass and Scott Ross ensured the scoreline gave a more accurate reflection of how the game went.