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News - 4 May 2023

Match Preview | Brechin City v Spartans - By Steven Mew

City head into tomorrow's 2nd leg of the Pyramid Playoff against Spartans aiming to overturn the one-goal deficit from last weekend in order to reach the final against Club 42.

Manager Andy Kirk will be looking for an improved performance from his side following the 1-0 defeat in Edinburgh last weekend, with Blair Henderson netting the only goal of the game late on for the home side that were reduced to 10 men towards the end of the first half.

Manager Andy Kirk will continue to have a full roster at his disposal.

Reflecting on the 1st leg at Ainslie Park last weekend, Manager Andy Kirk commented, "I thought we were poor if I'm being honest. We didn't move the ball the way we normally do and made some poor decisions in possession. They got a man sent off and sometimes that can go against you a little bit as they were organised, defended well and sat behind the ball.

"We didn't do enough to create and when we did have the opportunities we lacked a bit of quality. It was a poor performance from us but we are thankful we still have a chance in the second leg.

"Kevin (McHattie) was unlucky to see his shot come off the crossbar and we did get into some good positions but the final pass let us down. Credit to Spartans as they defended well and made it difficult for us - but we have to do so much better. This weekend we need everyone to lift their levels of performance and see where it takes us.

"There was no need to give away the free kick for the goal as the player was heading towards the corner flag. We didn't stay tight enough to the striker like we had done all game and Lenny made a wrong decision not to punch. It ultimately cost us but that's football - we made 3 mistakes in that one sequence and we have to learn from that.

"It's only 1-0 and we have another 90 minutes to go and we know we can be so much better than we were. It's a similar situation as Buckie a couple of weeks ago where we had to go and win - we've got to do the same on Saturday. The players themselves were disappointed after last week and it's up to them to put it right and give ourselves the opportunity of getting into the final.

"Hopefully the Brechin fans will turn out in their numbers and I have no doubt they will. The support for us this season has been fantastic, especially towards the end. Hopefully we can put on a performance that will get them behind us."

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 3pm. Admission prices are £10 for adults and £7 for concessions (defined as U18's, 65 and over, students and unemployed). Season tickets are not valid with the exception of the free U16 season tickets which can still be used.

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 2:15pm until kick off (3pm) at the Trinity Road entrance.

The City Club will be open from 1:45pm and again following the match. Due to limited capacity, the bar is open to home supporters only.

Tomorrow's match referee is Grant Irvine, assisted by Sean Carr and Alastair Taylor.

Spartans 1-0 Brechin City - 29 April 2023
A late header from Blair Henderson gave Spartans a slender advantage going into tomorrow's 2nd leg at Glebe Park. In a fairly evenly match encounter, the home side were reduced to 10-men shortly before the break when Kevin Waugh denied Anthony McDonald a clear goalscoring opportunity. However, City were unable to make the most of their numerical advantage against the Edinburgh side.

Our match sponsors tomorrow afternoon is WRB Gas whilst the matchball has been sponsored by Martin Clark. Meanwhile, the teams will be led out by our mascot Orla Ferguson!