7 March 2023
Match Preview | Brechin City v Fraserburgh
Following the disappointment of a cup exit at the weekend, attention turns swiftly back to league action as City look to bounce back against Fraserburgh at Glebe Park.
City will come up against a Broch side who have won all but one of their last eight matches and currently sit 5th in the league, albeit just a point off third-placed Brora Rangers.
Andy Kirk's men head into the game knowing that a win would be enough to take them back to the top of the Highland League with 8 fixtures left to play.
Manager Andy Kirk is hopeful that Euan Spark could be fit enough to make the squad which would mean City have a full compliment to choose from. Andy added, "Sparky is chomping at the bit and is very close to being in the team - we will assess him over the next 24 hours or so and see if we feel it's the right thing to do."
Looking back at the Highland League Cup exit against Inverurie on Saturday, Manager Andy Kirk said, "It's as poor as we've been if I'm being honest - there were no real positives from the game whatsoever. The most disappointing thing is that it was a semi-final and it was a chance of getting to the final and competing for a trophy. We just didn't turn up - the first goal was a bit of a shambles and even the second goal there were too many poor decisions and clearances. Overall Inverurie deserved the win so we have to give credit to them - they played the game like a cup final and we didn't which is the most disappointing factor.
"The fact that the supporters are coming out in great numbers is fantastic for us and our performances this season have helped that number to grow. We have to keep putting performances in to keep them behind us. We are hugely appreciative of the numbers that turned up and everyone at the club is disappointed at the performance that we put in on the day."
Looking ahead to the Fraserburgh game tomorrow, Andy added, "With football you get another chance quite quickly to put things right and we're now at the stage of the season where everyone needs to stand up and be counted. There are too many players at the moment not performing to the levels that they are capable of and you can't get away with that. Tomorrow is another chance to win a game of football which would put us to the top of the league which is a great incentive and the rest is in our hands. It's going to be a tough game against a very strong Fraserburgh side and every player will need to be at it to give us the chance of getting that result."
Tomorrow's match kicks off at 8pm. Admission prices are £10 for adults and £7 for concessions. Season tickets are valid.
The club are working alongside Fans Supporting Foodbanks who will be collecting donations of food prior to the game.
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. The donations will be collected from 6:45pm until kick off (8pm) at the Trinity Road entrance.
CITY CLUB BAR
The City Club will be open to home and away supporters from 6:45pm.
Tomorrow's match referee is Chris Fordyce, assisted by Stephen McDade and 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
Our matchball sponsor tomorrow is Ewan & Gail Milne whilst our mascots will be Kyle & Alistair Dickson.