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News - 8 February 2024

Match Preview | Inverurie Locos v Brechin City - By Steven Mew

City are on the road tomorrow as we make the relatively short journey to face an ever-improving Inverurie Locos at Harlaw Park.

The Railwaymen endured a torrid start to the season but following the appointment Dean Donaldson as Manager, they have shown steady improvement to rise up to 11th in the table.

They have lost just once in their last 5 matches and come into the fixture off the back of thumping 6-0 and 4-1 victories over Nairn County and Rothes respectively.

City themselves will travel up the AWPR with confidence and will be looking to make it 7 consecutive wins. Last time out Gavin Price's side were 2-0 winners over Lossiemouth, although the modest scoreline didn't quite tell the full story with City completely dominant throughout.

City's only definite absentee is Anthony McDonald whilst there is a doubt over Michael Cruickshank who has taken a knock in training. Kevin McHattie, who has missed the last couple of matches, has trained this week and could return.

Manager Gavin Price commented, "Looking back at last weeks game I was pleased enough with the way we played and Lossiemouth made it difficult for us in terms of getting bodies behind the ball. We still created a number of chances in the first half and the pleasing thing for me was that we got into good positions inside the box and sometimes the ball just didn't fall for us or it was down to some slack finishing.

"We should have been ahead in the first half but we kept going the same way and Jamie got his goal at the start of the second half which settled us down. I think 2-0 certainly didn't flatter us - I think we were better than that."

Following an excellent performance, Jamie Richardson picked up man of the match. Gavin added, "That's why we were so keen to get Jamie in. I knew he could make an impact and even if he has bad games, he can still play well for us because of his workrate. You have the same on the other side with Marc Scott who has been great for us since I have come in.

"It was a bit of quality from Danny (Handling) which made the game more comfortable. I was pleased with the way he played - he's not quite 100% in terms of match sharpness yet but this is steadily improving. He was taking up good positions in the opposition area and in time he will be putting away more chances than he misses that's for sure. "

Looking ahead to the match tomorrow, he said, "Inverurie have had a couple of big wins lately against good teams in Nairn County and Rothes so it's going to be a tricky game, but we're going to have plenty of those between now and the end of the season. We've just got to concentrate on how we're playing and be as positive as have been and we can keep motoring on."

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 3pm. Admission prices at Harlaw Park are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

Brechin City Supporters' Club are running a coach to the game which will leave St Ninians Square at 11:45am. The bus is now fully booked - thank you all for your support.

Tomorrow's match referee is Kevin Murray, assisted by Brian Fowlie & Caryl Potten.

Brechin City 2-1 Inverurie Locos - 4th October 2023
City edged out the Locos in the last meeting between the sides at the Carnegie Fuels Stadium in a midweek fixture back in October. A first half goal from Mark Souter had the visitors in front at the break, however a brace from Grady McGrath early in the second half was enough to earn City all 3 points.