Brechin boss Jim Weir was happy that his side got their league campaign off to a winning start, particularly after the verbal roasting he gave them following their shock cup defeat against Clyde (writes Charles Wallace).

“After the last two results I’m delighted,” he commented after Saturday’s two-nil home victory over Stenhousemuir.

“I do not think Davie (Irons) will grudge us the victory considering the chances we missed.

“There wasn’t much between the teams, but we missed two chances in the first half and two or three more in the second, so I was getting a bit worried the way things were going.

“We were more solid at the back and deserved our win. My players deserve a bit of credit as I was hard on them after last Saturday.

“Davie is a good friend of mine, we did our pro-licence together.

“His squad was full of quality and experience and as strong as I have seen a Stenhousemuir squad in years.”

Weir has predicted that the second division will be ultra competitive.

With the first three points on the board, he added. “This is going to be a tough league.

“Before a ball was kicked, you couldn’t predict who the favourites are or who the top four might be.

“A lot of points will be shared around. It is important that we get off to a good start in the first quarter if we have aspirations to be in the top half.

“I can’t pick who is going to come out on top, but hopefully it will be us.

“It was a great finish by David McKenna and I’m delighted for him to have scored three in three games.

“Derek Carcary came on and showed that he has great ability and great balance and caused Stenhousemuir problems with his pace.

“It was a bit harsh leaving him out, as he was one of our better players last week.

“My front two worked really hard and Paul McManus got his goal in the end.

“Hopefully we will score a lot more goals and that these goals will be shared around.

“We have been relying too much on the big yin (Rory McAllister) in the past and he has come and gone for us now.”

Brechin have no midweek matchees to worry about as they have made early exits in both the Ramsdens Cup and the Scottish Communities League Cup.

However, they are able, for now, to concentrate solely on the league and they face a tricky trip to Fife to face relegated Cowdenbeath this coming Saturday.

The Fifers are a side full of pace, having caused Forfar plenty of problems in a two-each draw at Station Park on Saturday, so Brechin will have to be at their best to return with a positive result.