THE pre-season is all but over and it’s down to business for Brechin City this coming Saturday, when they play host to first division Falkirk in the opening round of the Ramsdens Cup.
It will be a tough start for Jim Weir’s side, but they showed last season that they have no fears about sides rated above them in the Scottish set-up.
Indeed, in this season’s build-up they have hit a rich vein of scoring form, hitting four past Buckie Thistle up north and then drawing four-each at home to Kilmarnock.
The preparations were set to continue on Tuesday night (yesterday) just as the Brechiner was going to press, with a trip to the central belt to take on Pollock FC.
Then the focus will be firmly on the home match with Falkirk on Saturday.
Jim Lister is manager Jim Weir’s main injury concern ahead of the new season proper, while other players have been nursing knocks.
“Injury-wise, it’s still Jim Lister who’s the concern,” said Jim on Monday.
“He’s on the waiting list for a hernia operation, which should be some time in August.
“Gary Fusco and Gary Brady both returned to training this week,while Craig Molloy (groin strain) won’t be risked at Pollock. Other then that we’re ok.”
In recent games last season’s top goal scorer Rory McAllister doesn’t appear to have been missed.
“Rory is always going to be difficlut to replace, but, at the end of the day, players come and go, and you have to try and build a squad of players,” explains Weir.
“And while Rory’s goals were so important to the team, we feel like we’ve added a bit more depth in that department with a number of strikers, rather than just having to rely on one player.”
Jim then spoke of his aspirations for this season, saying: “We hope to get a good start like we did last year and maintain it throughout the campaign.
“Obviously the bad weather had a major affect on things.
“We also lost Calum Booth, Gary Smith and Charlie King for the whole of last season, which I felt affected us towards the end, but I hope we can put up a challenge again.
“However, it’s a tough league and there are a lot of teams who have strenghtened their pool of players, and we would never take anything for granted.”