Brechin 0-1 Albion: City losing ground

Photo - Derek Watt

Photo - Derek Watt

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Brechin City remain anchored at the foot of the Ladbrokes League One table after going down to a 1-0 defeat from Albion Rovers at Glebe Park.

City are now four points adrift of second bottom Cowdenbeath who won 3-0 at Stranraer and manager Darren Dods must now try and lift his players before next weekend’s Angus derby against Forfar at Station Park.

That’s a derby that arguably comes at the perfect time for both sides, with each outfit really struggling for form in recent weeks, so a clash with their fierce rivals could be just the thing to galvanise the players into performing to their full capabilities.

There was very little to choose between the sides over the course of the 90 minutes on Saturday but Albion got their noses in front early in the first half.

Although City heaped on the pressure in the closing stages they could not manage to grab the equalising goal.

City, without strikers Robert Thomson and Dene Shields, started the game really well and were unlucky not to open the scoring within the first minute when an Andy Jackson volley was turned round the post by Albion keeper Ross Stewart.

However, Rovers were looking dangerous when they were moving forward and Josh Mullin and Ross Davidson both blasted shots wide of the target from decent positions before Albion grabbed the opener after 24 minutes.

The ball was played out to Mullin wide on the right and he swung a great cross into the City box for Paul Willis who had time and space to glance a header past Graeme Smith in the City goal.

City had a narrow escape within a minute of the second-half beginning when a close-range Willis shot looked net bound but Willie Dyer cleared the ball off the line.

City hit back and Paul McLean did really well to force his way forward into the visitors penalty-box, beating three defenders on the way but his final shot was too direct and Stewart saved easily.

The game at this stage was very evenly balanced but City began to push forward in the closing stages in an effort to rescue a point and they came close to doing that seven minutes from the end when defenders Ross Perry and Darren McCormack had shots blocked in quick succession by Stewart.

City were having absolutely no luck in front of goal and that was highlighted again two minutes later when a wonderful 30 yard Dyer strike came back off the post with Stewart helpless.

With the Blue Brazil picking up a win, City are beginning to look cut adrift at the bottom of the table as all their nearest rivals continue to pick up points against other sides.

The desperate search for points make this weekend’s derby even more important.