City boss Dods keen to bounce back from cup defeat at home to league favourites Dunfermline


Brechin City boss Darren Dods was disappointed with his side’s League Cup loss to Ayr United on Saturday.

Gerry McLauchlan and Paddy Boyle scored for the Honest Men as the hosts cruised into the second round of the cup.

Dods, who last week secured the signed on David Weatherston (pictured), is looking forward to welcoming league favourites Dunfermline Athletic to Glebe Park this Saturday as his side go in search of their first competitive victory.

“It was a disappointing defeat,” said Dods. “We lost a goal from a corner after 10 minutes and we didn’t really get going first half. We changed it around a wee bit because of some injuries, Dene Shields is a few weeks away, but we changed it again second half and we had a good go for 15 minutes.

“For their second, Paddy Boyle hit a great strike for 2-0. We could have got a consolation late on but we didn’t really deserve to take anything from the game, which is disappointing. They didn’t create too many chances but we created very few, and it was a disappointing day.

“We were saying before about how Trouten has such a good scoring record but it was the other ex-player Gerry who pops up and scores. I spoke to the secretary after the game and he’s only scored one goal in five years or something at Brechin, then in his second game for Ayr United he scores against Brechin.

“Dene Shields has damaged his foot. He got kicked on the foot against Peterhead and there’s a flake of bone come off. It’s looking like two or three weeks. It isn’t a break but it’s disappointing to lose him. We need to shoulder on and get on without him. David Weatherston signed up at the end of last week and he can play in that wide position as well. We want to get one or two in because we’ve got a couple of injuries, so it might be looking to loans.

“David hasn’t played a lot of football this year but he’s looking sharper in training. He’ll play in a friendly this week against Falkirk U20s so it’ll be good to get a game under his belt.

It’s a tough one on Saturday but we’re at home and Brechin have a good record against Dunfermline. They’ve started very well, they put four past Arbroath then five past Cowdenbeath so they’ll come up here confident. As a player you want to play the title favourites or the sides doing really well.

We lost key players so a lot of the team has come together from fresh. It’s been tough against Peterhead and Ayr. We did well against Peterhead and we just fell away, while Ayr was disappointing. But we showed spells in pre-season that we can play football and do well.”