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News - 6 January 2023

Match Preview | Rothes v Brechin City - By Steven Mew

City head into their first game of the New Year tomorrow afternoon as we make the trip to face Rothes at Mackessack Park.

Following an impressive win over Banks O' Dee in the last outing, City will head into the game full of confidence against a side that has been out of action since the start of December.

Prior to the Speysiders' long lay-off due to the weather conditions, they had picked up 10 points from a possible 12 in the league but succumbed to a 4-2 defeat against City in the Highland League Cup in November.

City will definitely be without the suspended Kevin McHattie and Ewan Loudon. McHattie will sit out the game due to an accumulation of bookings, whilst Loudon picked up a straight red card against Banks O' Dee last time out. The club felt he had been unfairly dismissed and appealed the decision, however this was rejected by the judicial panel. Hamish Thomson will also continue to miss out through injury.

On the positive side, Fraser MacLeod and Michael McArthur, who had both hobbled off against Banks O' Dee, should be available for selection.

Reflecting on an impressive performance against Banks O' Dee last time out, Manager Andy Kirk commented, "Banks O' Dee are a good side who try and play football. We knew we would be in for a tough game after the first time we faced them. In the first half we were on the front foot and played some nice stuff and scored some good goals - we were in total control.

"The second half was always going to be different and we lost Michael (McArthur) and Kevin (McHattie) to injury and had to change the shape a little bit which disrupts the game.

"We had a point to prove after the 4-4 game and credit to the players, they came out with the right attitude and they took the game to Banks O' Dee from the very first whistle and I was delighted with the performance overall."

"Our players are technically good and whether it's grass or astro, when we are on our game we are a decent side. Astro allows both teams to get the ball down and play and takes a little bit of uncertainty away at times. We've got players who have come through academy systems and that's what they are used to."

The side were backed by a sizeable travelling support in Aberdeen with Andy praising the away following - "It was amazing - as soon as we walked out for kick off and walked across the pitch you could see all the fans. It created a great atmosphere and gives the players a real buzz. The fans were brilliant and credit to them for coming out in such great numbers to support the team.

Attention now turns to our first game of the new year tomorrow. Andy said, "Rothes are a strong side and they are a team that are capable of taking points off anyone in the league. If we can get ourselves on the front foot then we can cause them plenty of problems. If we play anything like we did in the first half against Banks O' Dee then we've got a great chance of the getting the result that we want."

Kick off is 3pm. Admission prices at Mackessack Park are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

Brechin City Supporters' Club are running a bus to the game which will leave St Ninian's Square at 10:30am sharp. Yet again the bus is fully booked, thank you for your continued support!

Tomorrow's match referee is Kevin Buchanan, assisted by Megan McKay and Martin Bell.

Brechin City 4-2 Rothes - 12 November 2022
The sides last met in the 2nd round of the Highland League Cup at Glebe Park in November, with City coming out on top in an entertaining encounter. Aidan Wilson gave the visitors an early lead after just 4 minutes, however Grady McGrath restored parity from the spot just minutes later. Greg Morrison put the Speysiders back in front midway through the half, only for Botti Biabi to equalise just minutes before the break. Just seconds after the restart, Biabi put City ahead and the striker rounded off an impressive performance with his hat-trick in stoppage time, converting from the spot to seal the win.