13 January 2023
Match Preview | Brechin City v Fraserburgh
Following a hard-fought win over Rothes last weekend, City head into another tough fixture against current Highland League Champions Fraserburgh at Glebe Park tomorrow afternoon.
Currently 9 points off the summit having played a game more, the 'Broch' will undoubtedly be looking for a win to re-ignite their title defence.
Fraserburgh were the only side to inflict two defeats on City last season which curtailed any title charge and Andy Kirk's men will doubtless be looking to improve on that record this time around.
City will be without Ewan Loudon who is serving the last game of his 2-match suspension whilst Euan Spark will be missing for a number of weeks with an ankle injury sustained in the match against Rothes last weekend.
Reflecting on the hard-fought win over Rothes last weekend, Manager Andy Kirk said, "The result was the most important thing. It's a tough place to go against a strong side who are well organised and make it difficult for you. First half we had the best of the game and had a few good chances - I thought we were unfortunate not to go in ahead at the break. Second half was a bit of a battle - we kept the ball for long periods which settled us down a bit and we got the goal off the back of that. Overall we were delighted with the win."
After sustaining an ankle injury in the first half, Euan Spark battled on to complete the full 90 minutes. Andy added, "Huge credit to Sparky for playing through the pain barrier but it wasn't just him - we had Nathan Cooney in the back line who had been struggling with the cold all week. In any other circumstances we could have taken Nathan off in the first half as he was really struggling so credit to both of them for digging in and they were huge factors in us getting the win. Euan has sustained a small fracture to the bone in his ankle and the ligaments are fine so we are hopeful he will be back in a few weeks."
Looking ahead to the fixture against Fraserburgh tomorrow, Andy stated, "At this stage of the season it is important to win every game and tomorrow is no different. With Fraserburgh being one of the top teams it adds something a bit extra and we're expecting a really tough game. All of our players need to be at it from start to finish in order for us to get the result that we want."
Tomorrow's match kicks off at 2pm. Admission prices are £10 for adults and £7 for concessions. Season tickets are valid.
FOODBANK & BUCKET COLLECTION
The club are working alongside Fans Supporting Foodbanks who will be collecting donations of food prior to the game. This branch is the first Fans Supporting Foodbanks initiative for a team in the Highland League.
The aim is to help eradicate food poverty in Brechin and the surrounding area by collecting donations from fans at home games and distributing them locally to Brechin Community Pantry. The donations will be collected from 12:30pm until kick off (2pm) at the Trinity Road entrance.
There will also be a bucket collection for the Rainbow Room at Andover Primary School. The room is for complex needs children and the school are raising money to buy equipment for the classroom to enhance their learning environment.
CITY CLUB BAR
The City Club will be open to home and away supporters prior to the game from 12:45pm and again following the match!
Tomorrow's match referee is Duncan Nicolson, assisted by Nathan Crawford & Lewis Burns.
Brechin City 3-5 Fraserburgh - 3rd January 2022
The last fixture between the sides is one that City will not look back at too fondly as Fraserburgh fought back from three goals down to take the points against a City side that finished the game with 9 men.
Andy Kirk's side had come flying out the traps and were 3-0 up within 22 minutes with goals coming from a William West OG, Kieran Inglis (pen) and Garry Wood. Paul Young pulled one back for the Broch just after the half hour mark before the turning point of the game on the stroke of half time, with Max Kucheriavyi sent off for a late challenge.
It was more or less one way traffic in the second period as the visitors fought back. Sean Butcher grabbed a second midway through the half before Scott Barbour netted from the spot 3 minutes from time to equalise. The Broch weren't finished there, with an own goal from Iain Davidson in stoppage time putting them ahead before Barbour netted his second from the spot to round off a miserable second half for City.
SPONSORSHIP & MASCOT
Tomorrow's match sponsor is Gail Smith/Malcolm Wood whilst the match ball has been sponsored by Ewan & Gail Milne. Our mascot tomorrow will be Orla Ferguson!