1 December 2023
Match Preview | Forres Mechanics v Brechin City
Should Mosset Park survive the recent cold snap, City will be looking to get back to winning ways against Forres Mechanics tomorrow afternoon.
After suffering their first league defeat of the season last weekend against Fraserburgh, Gavin Price's side will be aiming to put things right against a Forres outfit that has made things extremely difficult for City on their last two visits to Mosset Park.
On both occasions it took a moment of brilliance from Kevin McHattie to return home with all 3 points.
The Can-Cans head into the match on a run of poor form, having only registered one win in their last 14 outings in all competitions. They currently sit in 13th place in the Highland League, with 12 points from their opening 14 matches.
City's only definite absentees will be Anthony McDonald and Kevin McHattie whilst Manager Gavin Price hopes to run the rule over a trialist.
Reflecting on the defeat against Fraserburgh last weekend, Manager Gavin Price said, "Ultimately we lost the game and losing that first goal was quite important. I didn't think Fraserburgh caused us too many problems but they managed to get that goal and they defended very well. I had no complaints at the free kick award for the goal as it looked like Lenny had handled it outside of the box.
"We didn't create any clear cut chances from the possession we had and that was a little bit disappointing and it's something that we can work towards improving. We didn't have that spark in the final third as we've had in previous games. The ball didn't quite fall for us in the box at times but we can't use that as an excuse and you've got to make your own luck.
"We're not causing enough of a threat at set plays at the moment and that is something that we will be working on. We have some big games coming up and we've got to be up for the fight."
Looking ahead to tomorrow's fixture, Gavin commented, "I know many of the Forres players and their Manager well from my time at Elgin. They will be very physical opposition and we've got to be able to do the dirty side of the game as well. I was really impressed with the standard and effort in training during the week. It's been good to work with the players and get an idea of how we want to play and how to get the best out of the squad."
When asked if the Club are actively looking to add to the squad, Gavin added, "We've been extremely busy trying to get players in whether that's short term or in the window in January. We're definitely needing reinforcements and there are a couple of positions that I've identified where we could improve our options. The players we've got are all very capable but we need that strength in depth and competition for places is very important.
Tomorrow's match kicks off at 3pm. Admission prices at Mosset Park are £10 for adults, £6 for concessions and free for U12's when accompanied by an adult (additional £2 for seat in stand).
Brechin City Supporters' Club are running a coach to the game which will leave St Ninians Square at 10:30am. Limited seats available, to book please text 07740 856565.
Tomorrow's match referee is Robert Mackinnon, assisted by Stuart MacGregor and Davy Robertson.
Brechin City 2-1 Forres Mechanics - 19 November 2023
It took a dramatic last minute penalty from Grady McGrath to seperate the sides last time out back in November last year. Jack Grant had given the visitors the lead midway through the first half before Marc Scott restored parity midway through the second period. Just as it looked like Forres were going to leave Glebe Park with a point, Grady McGrath was hauled down by the goalkeeper inside the box as the game approached stoppage time. McGrath stepped up to take the penalty himself and converted to send City top of the league.