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News - 28 July 2022

Match Preview | Forres Mechanics v Brechin City - By Steven Mew

City's first away league fixture takes us to Forres tomorrow afternoon as Andy Kirk's side look to build on the opening day win over Rothes.

Despite the narrow scoreline, City dominated much of last weeks game and went away pondering how it wasn't by a more comfortable margin, with Kirk stressing to his players that they must be more clinical in front of goal.

Our opponents Forres Mechanics will be aiming to continue the momentum having opened their campaign with a thumping 4-0 win over Strathspey Thistle, including a hat-trick for summer signing Callum Murray.

City continue to monitor a few minor niggles but Manager Andy Kirk hopes to have a full squad at his disposal for tomorrow's trip.

Reflecting on the opening day win last weekend, Manager Andy Kirk commented, "There were a lot of pleasing factors about the performance, especially in the first half. We could have had the game out of sight if we took our chances. Marc Scott came close early on, Cammie Ross hit the keeper in the face and another cleared off the line, Fraser MacLeod hits the bar, Euan Spark should have scored from a corner and Grady McGrath could have had two.

"There were a lot of positives and at this stage of the season good performances is what we ask for and that's what the players gave us. It's another step in the right direction and there's a lot more to come.

"The back line looked solid - we've got experience, pace and aggression in there and they looked really strong. Nathan Cooney is still not 100% fit yet and he will come in and add another dimension to the back line.

"Rothes didn't really cause any problems for us at all but 1-0 is always a dodgy scoreline and all it takes is a mistake or miscommunication which can cost you. We've told the players that we need to start putting the games out of sight when we have the opportunity to do it - we need to start scoring more goals."

As widely reported in the press, the club missed out on the signing of Rory McAllister during the week as he opted to stay in the SPFL with Montrose. Andy added, "Someone of Rory's experience in the squad would have been great for us. We said before that we are only looking to bring players to the club that will make us better and we will continue to look for that player that can add to what we already have.

"We're disappointed that we didn't get the deal through but it will open the door for someone else. We have moved on from it but it shows the ambition of the club and what we are trying to do. We've got a good team at the minute but we are looking to bring in one or two to give us a bit of depth."

Attention now turns to a tricky trip to face Forres at Mosset Park tomorrow. Andy stated, "The conditions were hard the last time we were up there with gale force winds and a heavy pitch. The conditions this time will be better and hopefully can stamp our style on the game. We're looking forward to it - we're in a good place, the players are fit and raring to go. Hopefully we can go there and put in the right kind of performance to win the game."

Admission prices are £10 for adults and £6 for concessions with an additional £2 for the stand.

Brechin City Supporters' Club are running a coach to the game which will leave St Ninians Square at 10:30am. The coach is now fully booked - thank you for your support!

The match referee tomorrow afternoon is Alex Shepherd, assisted by Will McKay and Andy Stephenson.

Forres Mechanics 0-1 Brechin City - 5th February 2022
City put on a late, late show as Kevin McHattie’s stoppage time volley earned a crucial 3 points against Forres Mechanics at Mosset Park in February. City largely toiled against a battling Forres side in tough conditions but battled right to the end and got their reward.