AN uninspiring refereeing performance by Kevin Clancy was the major talking point in a score-less East Fife-Brechin City game that saw umpteen players booked on Saturday, despite the fact that either side’s trainer was rarely on the pitch.
The fall out for Brechin is that influential midfield player Craig Molloy, will now miss the visit of Stenhousemuuir in March, while Clancy’s decision to send off Brechin defender Dougie Hill robbed City of the services of the defender for the scheduled visit of Livingston to Glebe Park on Tuesday evening (last night), if the game beat the weather.
Clancy’s performance at New Bayview could only be described as bizarre.
Having already booked Steven Hislop in the first half, he watched the East Fife striker foul Hill and push him over, he yet he sent off the City defender for retaliation. A harsh decision, with one player remaining on the park who should have had an early bath.
Speaking after the nil-nil draw, Brechin manager Jim Weir felt his side could have done better.
“We had the chances, especially in the first half. I thought if we had managed to edge in front we would have gone on to win the game.
“I was disappointed in some of our football in the last third of the park. And all too often chose the wrong option.
“We defended well enough, with a couple of great blocks in the second half, and, while the two centre backs didn’t play badly, I thought they could have handled Jim Hamilton better.
“I didn’t think East Fife created a lot while we weren’t at our best either. We weren’t poor, but we weren’t great. Draws can kill you in this league. Dougie Hill was unfortunate and the decision was a strange one.”
Looking ahead, Weir added: “I have already spoken to seven or eight of our players, who like Craig Nelson, all want to stay at this club.
“We will get on with that as soon as possible and negotiate with them and get them under contract for next year.”
Ahead of the match at home to Livingston, the manager added that he would be happy if we took five points out of our next three games - at home to Livingston, away to Ayr and then at home to Dumbarton.
Seven of Brechin City’s next 11 league fixtures take place at Glebe Park - an interesting statistic at this vital stage of the season.
The Brechin manager reported no fresh injury worries going into Tuesday night’s game and what he described as “a really big week for everyone connected with Brechin City”.
Weir added: “Once again the 100-150 travelling fans who were there on Saturday were a credit to us.
“They made so much noise on what was a difficult afternoon, as the football was never at its best.
“All credit to them and we need them and a few more like them to stick with us in the coming weeks.”