In what will undoubtedly be one of City's most important fixtures this season, we take on Buckie Thistle at Glebe Park tomorrow afternoon as Andy Kirk's side chase a 5th consecutive win.
They come up against a Jags side that ran out 3-1 winners in the last meeting between the sides in the SPFL Trust Trophy last month and sit just 3 points adrift of City in the league.
City will welcome back Hamish Thomson from suspension whilst David Cox returns to the squad having missed out last weekend. Garry Wood and Luc Bollan will miss out through injury whilst Kevin McHattie continues to work towards full fitness.
Manager Andy Kirk was delighted with his sides' showing against Forres Mechanics last weekend, he said, "It was probably our best performance of the season in terms of keeping the levels up over the 90 minutes. We started the game well with plenty of energy and moved the ball about well. The only thing that we were lacking was not capitalising on a number of chances that we created. The performances were good from a lot of players and we are creating a lot of opportunities - hopefully over the coming weeks we can start converting more of them.
"It was disappointing to concede a goal - they scored with their only real opportunity of the game and it was a bit of inexperience on our part. I've watched the goal back and their player has pushed with two hands before he heads it.
"All credit to the players - they've taken everything on board and they are working really hard in training to put everything into practice on a matchday. The squad is getting bigger, the players are getting fitter and sharper and the thought process is getting better.
"The challenge for us is to keep on improving week by week. We forget sometimes that it's a new squad in a new league and sometimes it takes one or two really good performances for things to click into place. On Saturday we were excellent for large parts of the game and we've been threatening that for a number of weeks now."
On-loan St Johnstone playmaker Max Kucheriavyi caught the eye with an impressing showing in the middle of the park with Andy adding, "Max has got unbelievable ability whether it's moving with the ball or from set pieces. Every time we get a free kick around the box you know it's a real opportunity. We're really pleased with Max - we've helped him this season and he's certainly helped us and hopefully that continues. He's on loan from a bigger club and the end game for him is to back to St Johnstone and play in the first team and we'll do all we can to help him on that journey."
Cammie Ross made his home debut on Saturday and must have left wondering how he didn't manage to get on the scoresheet. Andy commented, "Cammie is a young lad who has moved up a level to play for us. He's quick, strong and will run in behind. The positive thing is that over the two games that he's played, he could have had 4 or 5 goals. By his standards I think he knows that himself but sometimes when you come to a new club you just need that one goal to get up and running.
"There's a lot more to come from Cammie - he's literally just come into the group and played at Nairn without having trained with us and then missed the following Saturday due to being cup-tied. This is only his second week training with us and he'll learn how we do things and it'll take some time for him to adjust to that. The pleasing thing is that he's getting in amongst the chances and it's just a matter of time until they start going in for him.
Looking ahead to a crucial fixture against Buckie tomorrow, he said "We've played Buckie already this year albeit with a slightly different team early on in the season. Buckie played very well on the night and deserved to win but we're in a much better place now than we were then. It'll be an exciting game and we'll give them the respect that they deserve. If we play to our capabilities then hopefully that will be enough to get us the result that we are looking for.
City will welcome back David Cox to the squad after the tenacious forward completed a 50k ultramarathon to raise money for mental health charity Back Onside last weekend. He did so by also wearing a 17lb weighted vest and clearing 60 obstacles. Kirk added, "It's an unbelievable achievement. He said there was certain stages of it where he was in pain with tendons and muscles in his body that he didn't even know existed! It just goes to show the character of him - he's prepared to dig in, work hard and go above and beyond. He trained on Wednesday night and as tired as he was, he covered every blade of grass with great enthusiasm. He's a winner and we're glad to have him back in the squad."
REDUCED ADMISSION OFFER
The Club is delighted to announce that all season ticket holders can bring up to 4 guests to cheer City on for a reduced price of £5 per person.
In addition - anyone paying at the gate, whether with a season ticket holder or not will be entered into a prize draw for £100 which will be drawn at full time by Manager Andy Kirk. Under-18 winners will receive a signed Brechin City top.
Outwith this special offer, standard admission prices of £10 for adults and £7 for concessions will apply.
Supporters are advised that car parking will be strictly limited to players and officials only. There is sufficient on-street parking available in the vicinity of the ground for those travelling by car.
CITY CLUB BAR
The City Club bar, situated within the David H Will Stand will be open to both home and away supporters from 1:30pm and again following the match until 8pm.
The match referee is Robin Taylor, assisted by Mark Donaldson & Gareth Ewing.
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Brechin City 1-3 Buckie Thistle (SPFL Trust Trophy 1st Round - 11th August 2021)
City were knocked out the SPFL Trust Trophy by Buckie at Glebe Park last month. Despite Luc Bollan cancelling out Sam Morrison's first half opener, the Jags advanced to the next round thanks to late goals from Sam Urquhart and Callum Murray.
Tomorrow's match sponsor is DWG Services whilst the matchball has been sponsored by Stephen Watson. Thank you for your support.
BUCKET COLLECTION FOR BACK ONSIDE
Brechin City Supporter's Club will be holding a bucket collection prior to the game to raise money for Back Onside.
As many supporters will already be aware, City striker David Cox recently completed a 50k ultra-marathon with 60 obstacles (whilst wearing a 17lb weighted vest!) to raise funds and awareness for the mental health charity which he holds close to his heart.