Brechin City Football Club

Glebe Park, Brechin, Angus DD9 6BJ

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News - 1 January 2021

Match Preview | Brechin City v Elgin City - By Steven Mew

City will be looking to put the disappointment of last weekend's Scottish Cup exit behind them as Elgin City visit Glebe Park on league business tomorrow afternoon.

The Moray side have enjoyed a positive start to the season and currently sit 2nd in the league table. Gavin Price's men head into tomorrow's match off the back of a comfortable 4-0 Scottish Cup victory over Civil Service Strollers at Borough Briggs.

City will be acutely aware that a win could potentially drag them off the bottom of the table, with fellow strugglers Albion Rovers facing a tricky task against league leaders Queen's Park.

TEAM NEWS
City will continue to be without the injured Sean McIntosh who is still likely to be 2 or 3 weeks away from action. 'Shifty' is however back running and doing fitness work with Physio Seb Panczyk on the training pitch.

Otherwise, Michael Paton will have a full squad to choose from, with the possibility of additions to the squad ahead of the game. Michael said, ""We are hopeful of having two new signings available for tomorrow and we will still be looking to strengthen in several other areas of the team."

MANAGERS COMMENTS
Following the Scottish Cup exit to Linlithgow Rose last weekend, Michael Paton said, "I was really disappointed. It was the first time in a while we had scored the first goal in a game - I wanted to see our reaction after going ahead and keep our foot on the gas but we dropped it a wee bit. I was pleased with the first half performance - I think we were in full control of it up until they scored the equaliser and the heads went down a bit. Linlithgow got a lift from that and going into half time, a lot of the work the boys had put in had been undone with them scoring the equaliser.

"We are having to work extremely hard to create chances yet the opposition aren't having to do much to get their goals. We're encouraging Rory (Currie) to get in those areas where he is stretching teams and it's no coincidence that he is starting to get the opportunities because he is making the runs and doing the dirty side of the game. It happened in the Annan game where he went one-on-one with the keeper due to the hard work he put in before that and again last weekend where he scored the opener and set up the second.

Attacking wise, it is starting to come together and the work that we are putting in training we are now starting to see on the pitch. However we are still far too easy to play against at the back - every goal was avoidable. The first goal we had three defenders picking up one player and the second was a punt up the field, Paddy (O'Neil) commits and takes himself out the game and there were also bodies on the line that could have cleared it as well. The third goal was really disappointing as well allowing him to come inside, but it was a bit of magic from the boy.

"We're out the Cup and our full focus is now on the league. We can take some positives from the game with Kieran and Rory getting their goals."


Looking ahead to a tough match against 2nd placed Elgin tomorrow, he said, "There is no bigger incentive than potentially getting ourselves off the bottom of the league against a good Elgin side. We're up and down like a rollercoaster at the moment - I thought we were poor against Cowdenbeath but then we dusted ourselves down and should have won against Annan, followed by going out of the Scottish Cup."

MATCH OFFICIALS
The match referee tomorrow is Calum Scott, who will be assisted by Steven Traynor and Mark Harris.

LIVE MATCH STREAM
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PREVIOUS MEETING
Elgin City 3-0 Brechin City - 24th October 2020
City were left to count the cost of defensive errors as Elgin ran out comfortable winners at Borough Briggs in the second league fixture of the season. It was a result which saw the Club part company with former Manager Mark Wilson. On target for the home side was Brian Cameron, whilst Kane Hester bagged a second half brace.

SPONSORSHIP
The matchball sponsor for tomorrow is Robert Hatherall (from the Muirs).