Brechin City v Arbroath

Robert Thomson heads in another goal shortly after Andy Jackson's.
Robert Thomson heads in another goal shortly after Andy Jackson's.

Brechin City’s derby day at home to Arbroath ended in disappointment as City fell to a 4-2 defeat to their neighbours.

With Arbroath in dire need of all the points they can get, it’s perhaps not surprising that they were the more determined of the two sides.

Slip ups from Gerry McLauchlan and Steven Jackson in the first half cost City dearly, and left manager Ray McKinnon ruing his defence once again.

Speaking after the match, Mr McKinnon said: “We are making the same mistakes week in and week out. The defenders have got to take a lot of responsibilty.

“The last four goals [conceded] have been from counter attacks against us and it’s not good enough.”

“The last three games I really expected us to take nine points and we’ve taken zero. That’s frustrating.”

To add to a disappointing day, the manager now has to deal with more injury woes, with Ewan Moyes, Jonny Brown and Garry Kenneth all leaving the pitch through injury.

Mr McKinnon added: “Ferguson went in at right back and Petrie went in at left back in the second half and they were excellent. Another positive for us is that Alan Trouten is back. He was miles off the pace today but we had no option but to play him.”