6 March 2020
Cove Rangers v Brechin City - Match Preview
City make the relatively short journey up the A90 tomorrow afternoon as we travel to face league leaders Cove Rangers.
A midweek postponement means City are coming off the back of a disappointing showing last weekend against Stirling Albion and will be looking to upset the odds at the Balmoral Stadium.
Paul Hartley's side continue to go from strength to strength and have increased their lead at the top of the table to 10 points, with a second successive promotion looking very much on the cards.
City will be without Jonathan Page who came off with a hamstring injury during the second half against Stirling Albion last weekend. Ross Brown remains the only other absentee as he continues to recover from a hairline fracture of the ankle.
Reflecting on last weeks defeat against Stirling Albion, Manager Mark Wilson said, "Our quality on the ball was very poor. We were losing possession far too easily and you saw that at the end of the first half when we were breaking forward and getting ourselves into good attacking positions, but choosing the wrong pass.
"We kept shooting ourselves in the foot and we told the players that at half time. However ten minutes into the second half we did exactly the same thing and we lose a goal through it. It's a sore one to take as we looked comfortable within our shape in the previous two games but when you lose two goals at home you don't really give yourselves much of a chance to get anything from the game.
"The last couple of games have been a missed opportunity as we had been looking to take maximum points from these and we've let ourselves down."
Despite the midweek postponement, City are still coming off the back of a relatively busy schedule and Mark may well opt to freshen up his side ahead of a difficult trip tomorrow. He said, "We've got good players on the bench who will come into my thinking as we've had 3 or 4 games in a short space of time. It's important that we use everybody and get as much energy into the side as we can."
The man in the middle tomorrow will be Duncan Williams, assisted by David Doig and Duncan Nicolson.
Admission price at the Balmoral Stadium are as follows:
- Adult £12*
- Concessions £6*
* Additional £2 for the stand.
Brechin City 1-5 Cove Rangers - 4th January 2020
City slumped to a heavy defeat against the league leaders at Glebe Park just after the turn of the year. Although beaten comprehensively in the end, the scoreline perhaps didn't tell the full story with City level and very much in the game on the hour mark, before Paul Hartley’s men demonstrated a devastating lesson in finishing.
City had levelled the game eight minutes into the second half through a fine Ryan McCord volley. However, it was two ex-City players who caused much of the damage with Jamie Masson and Mitch Megginson both helping themselves to a brace in the match, before ex-Aberdeen midfielder Fraser Fyvie added a fifth late on.