6 January 2022
Match Preview | Formartine United v Brechin City
Following the disappointment of defeat on Monday, City will be looking to bounce back against Formartine United at North Lodge Park tomorrow afternoon.
Although United lie just 4 points behind City in the Highland League table, Andy Kirk's men have already recorded two comfortable victories against the Pitmedden outfit this season.
The first meeting at Glebe Park in August saw City run out 4-1 winners and this was followed up with a 5-0 victory at New Lodge Park in the 1st round of the Highland League Cup.
After missing the last fixture against Fraserburgh through self-isolation, both Hamish Thomson and Julian Wade return to the squad for tomorrow's match. Meanwhile, top scorer Marc Scott continues to make good progress in his recovery from an ankle injury
City will however be without the services of skipper Iain Davidson and playmaker Max Kucheriavyi through suspension after they were both issued red cards during Monday's fixture.
Reflecting on Monday's defeat against Fraserburgh, Manager Andy Kirk said, "It wasn't a normal performance in terms of dominating the ball and that was the disappointing thing. We could have been 4 or 5 goals to the good although Fraserburgh did have a couple of opportunities in the first half. Fraserburgh got a goal back and then the sending off saw a real momentum shift in the second half.
"At that stage of the game he doesn't need to make that tackle and it gave the referee a decision to make. I think everyone can see it's the wrong decision and it put us up against it in the second half. It's a learning experience for Max and I'm confident if it remained 11 v 11 we would have created more chances and hopefully would have won the game.
"We were too deep in the second half and the performance wasn't anywhere near what it should have been. Individual errors and poor judgement cost us dearly and it was a difficult one to take.
Andy is hopeful of a reaction from his players tomorrow, commenting, "It's a big game and we have to pick ourselves up and get back on track again. We will have a couple of players missing through suspension but we'll have Hamish (Thomson) and Julian (Wade) back from Covid. We've got good players ready to come in and it'll be an opportunity for them to impress.
"We have to keep going with the same mindset and that is looking to win every game. There are still a lot of games to play for and I'm sure some results will go for us over the rest of the season.
"We're trying our best to add to the squad. We don't want to bring in squad players - we want to bring in players that are good as, or better than what we already have."
Despite the match being limited to 500 spectators, we are pleased to confirm that travelling supporters are permitted and cash gates will be in operation.
Admission prices are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions (65 and over, under 16's and students). Photographic ID may be required for concessions.
As a mandatory requirement of Entry, all Spectators will be required to use the NHS Test & Protect QR Codes or manually sign a Register of Attendance to gain entry. Refusal to comply with this procedure may result in entry to the Ground being refused.
Please note that there will be a limited amount of Stand Seating in operation at this match due to Covid Restrictions. Spectators who require assistance will be accommodated on arrangement to arrival. Those seeking assistance should contact firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 24 Hours in advance of the Match.
The Supporters Club are running a coach to the match which will leave St Ninian's Square at 12 noon. The cost of the bus is just £10 per person - to book please text 07740 856565 or email email@example.com.
The Supporters' Club would encourage everyone to wear a mask where possible and to carry out a lateral flow test before boarding.
The match referee tomorrow is Mike Roncone, assisted by Daniel Donohoe and Brian Dean.
Formartine United 0-5 Brechin City - 13th November 2021
City put on a five-star showing to sweep aside Formartine United to progress to the 2nd round of the Highland League Cup in November.
Kieran Inglis opened the scoring with a fine strike before Cammie Ross netted his first City goal to double the advantage just before the break. Further strikes from Marc Scott, Julian Wade and another from Cammie Ross ensured a comfortable passage to the second round.