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News - 12 November 2020

Match Preview | Brechin City v Kelty Hearts - By Steven Mew

City play host to Lowland League side Kelty Hearts in the final fixture of the Betfred Cup group stage tomorrow afternoon.

Without a win from their opening three matches, both sides are unable to progress further in the competition however will be keen to end on a high and avoid bottom spot.

Barry Ferguson's side opened up their Betfred Cup campaign with narrow defeats against St Johnstone and Dundee United last month before earning a point in a 1-1 draw against Peterhead on Tuesday evening, ultimately losing on penalties as the Blue Toon grabbed the bonus point.

On loan Dunfermline winger Scott Cusick continues to remain unavailable with an ankle injury whilst Sean McIntosh has been suffering with a hip problem and is likely to be rested for the game.

Reflecting on last weekend, Player/Manager Michael Paton said, "I felt we matched Stirling in the first half before we got the double blow just before half time. We were creating chances but I felt we let ourselves down with the end pass or cross in the final third.

"It was far from ideal going down to 10 men and then they scored from the resulting set-piece but I thought we showed what we are capable of with 11 men on the park. Looking back at the footage again, I felt the sending off was very harsh. Gregor looks like he's in front of the player when he makes the tackle and although there is contact, he's got cover from Luc Bollan and Dave McKay."

The squad were put through their paces in a bounce match arranged against a Rangers B side in Glasgow, which the hosts won 3-1. Michael said, "I wanted to have everybody up to speed. I know a few of the boys have been sitting on the bench and disappointed not to have featured as often as they would have liked. It was a good test and most of them got 90 minutes in the legs so they are ready if called upon on Saturday."

Looking ahead to tomorrow's match against Kelty, he said, "Neither side can progress any further in the cup but it's an opportunity for us to go out and put on a good performance at home. They will come here with a point to prove but we're just taking each game as it comes at the moment - it doesn't matter whether it's Kelty Hearts or Stirling Albion. It's another game that we are focussed on winning."

Tomorrow's match referee is Graham Grainger. He will be assisted by Graham McNeillie and Greig Haynes.

Hedge TV will be providing a live stream of tomorrow's match at Glebe Park. The stream will go live at 2:45pm - we recommend that users sign in/register and view the stream as early as possible.

Supporters are advised that season passes will not be valid for this cup match with pay-per-view access priced at £8. To register/purchase the stream, visit HEDGE TV LIVE

For those who haven't viewed live streaming via Hedge TV before, we would encourage users to read the INFORMATION PAGE and watch our free-to-air Hedge TV test stream as soon as possible. This is to ensure that your chosen device or browser performance is satisfactory before you try to watch your first live event.

Tomorrow's match will be the first competitive fixture between the two sides, having only met in friendlies previously.

Our matchball sponsor tomorrow is local hairdressing business Steelfingers who we thank for their continued backing.