2 November 2023
Match Preview | Deveronvale v Brechin City
Precisely a month since our last league fixture, City will return to action tomorrow as we make the journey up to Banff to face Deveronvale at Princess Royal Park (2pm kick off).
A combination of postponements and a cup fixture means City have been unable to continue their unbeaten start to the league season and Andy Kirks' men will be looking to hit the ground running again tomorrow.
Both sides head into the fixture off the back of narrow Scottish Cup defeats at the weekend. City lost 2-1 at home to League 2 Spartans whilst Deveronvale exited at the hands of East of Scotland Premier leaders Broxburn Athletic.
City will come up against a Vale side who have failed to register a win in the league since an opening day victory at home to Keith. They currently sit 14th in the table, with 7 points from their opening 10 matches.
City will continue to be without Anthony McDonald whilst Kevin McHattie will also miss out with a hip injury.
Reflecting on last weeks' cup exit against Spartans, Manager Andy Kirk commented, "It was tough to take - it was similar to the playoffs in that it was small margins. We've had a look over it this week with the players and there were some things we should have done better and we had to be more clever in certain moments but I thought we done ok in the game.
"The first goal comes from 2 or 3 different problems and for the second goal we don't match the runner at the back post. Spartans are very organised from their set plays and if you don't deal with it then you are asking for trouble and we have to learn from it.
"At 2-0 down none of the players threw the towel in. The boys kept fighting and got a goal back from a great delivery from Grady and a terrific header from Hamish.
"We gave ourselves the opportunity to get an equaliser and somehow the referee and linesman who is probably 8 yards away fails to see a stonewall penalty and that's hard to take for the players. If we had got ourselves level then who knows what might have happened."
Looking ahead to the trip to face Deveronvale tomorrow afternoon, he said, "We spoke to the players about getting the focus reset on the league and the biggest thing I'm looking forward to is a reaction and I'm looking for a big performance. We need to start putting some momentum together again."
A reminder to supporters that tomorrow's match kicks off at the earlier time of 2pm. Admission prices at Princess Royal Park are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions (additional £2 for stand).
Brechin City Supporters' Club are running a coach to the game which will leave St Ninians Square at 10:30am. The bus is now fully booked - thank you for your support!
Tomorrow's match referee is Filippo Mazzoni, assisted by Jeremie Fernandes and Douglas Tucker.
Brechin City 7-1 Deveronvale - 10th December 2023
Despite the visitors taking an early lead through Horace Ormsby, City recovered and showed a ruthless display of finishing to record a thumping win Glebe Park. Kieran Inglis had equalised mid-way through the half before Grady McGrath netted a penalty to put City ahead just before the break.
Andy Kirk's side were rampant in the second period as McGrath netted twice to complete his hat-trick with further goals from Ewan Loudon (2) and Aaron Arnott completing the rout.