City gear up for opening derby match of 2011-12

FOLLOWING a weekend break, Brechin City are preparing for their first derby match of the season, at home to Forfar Athletic.

City will be hoping to build on the seven points gathered at the moment, and improve on their current fifth position, only two points behind current leaders Arbroath.

However, the Reds will not find it easy against a Forfar side gradually regaining the form that took them to the play-offs last campaign.

Brechin manager Jim Weir admitted that City’s record against Forfar wasn’t all that great last season.

“I think perhaps we didn’t get our fair share of the breaks, but all credit to Forfar, they’re a really well-organised side, with an excellent manager and they’ve got experienced players.

“It will be a difficult game. Like ourselves, I wouldn’t say Forfar have started the season as well as they did last year and the derby atmosphere might make it a feisty game.”

Brechin limbered up for the derby with a home friendly against first division Dundee last Thursday evening, going down by the odd goal in three.

“I wasn’t at the Dundee game, but Kevin (McGowne) said we played particularly well in the second half, which is pleasing from my point of view,” added the manager.

“It’s important we get everybody up to match fitness.

“There are a number of guys who probably haven’t had as much playing minutes as others but, going into Saturday, I think we may have everybody available.

“We’ve got Jim Lister coming back, but he’s still a bit away from match fitness. We have also got the two on-loan players from Hibs so, at this moment in time, we’ve got good players to pick from, and it’s important we pick the right sort of balance.

“We want to make sure we get victories, but equally start to put in the level of performances the supporters are looking for. They want to be entertained.

“Defence wise, I definitely think we were better against Albion Rovers, but, having said that, Albion Rovers went down to ten men, so we should have had superiority.

“We have got to try to improve that, and Saturday will be one of those tricky games.

“It will be very close and, for me, whoever defends better in the game, should win.”

The manager hasn’t quite made up his mind on the starting eleven for Saturday.

“I’ve got an idea of what the team might be on Saturday, but we’ve got two training sessions between now and then, and I’ll assess things after that.”

Looking forward to Saturday, supporters of both clubs are reminded of the availability of the 1983 Hospitality Lounge situated within the David H. Will stand at Glebe Park on the day.

Speaking on behalf of Brechin City’s management committee, Grant Hood said:

“With the league campaign now firmly underway, and this being the first Angus derby of the season, there’s sure to be a cracking atmosphere in our hospitality lounge

“With both teams featuring in last season’s play-offs, expectations remain high within both clubs for a successful season.

“It’s fair to say that both teams will be looking to improve on their early season form, and seeking a morale-boosting victory.”

Match-day lounge hospitality is currently available at a cost of £35 per person, and those interested should contact Grant directly via e-mail at or by calling the club’s Commercial Line on 07817 910548.

Supporters of both clubs are welcome, although advance booking is required.