City top four hopes look out of reach

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Brechin City have all but thrown in the towel as far as a place in the promotion play-offs this season is concerned (writes Charles Wallace).

Speaking just after the defeat to East Fife, assistant manager Kevin McGeown said a place in the top four was still mathematically possible, but he felt that rather than looking up, the side face a battle to ensure they preserve their Second Division status.

Kevin said: “That was another occasion when a team has come here and didn’t need to play well to walk away with the points.

“We were in control, then lost a goal out of nothing.

“From then until half-time we looked ragged and I was happy to hear the half-time whistle.

“The bottom line is we are not good enough and rather than looking towards the promotion play-offs, we are going to have to battle and scrape to stay in the division.

“A place in the top four is still mathematically possible, but the players have been told that what they are producing is not good enough.

“We had chances to score at two-one and it is a fine line sometimes and overall we might have deserved a draw, but I think that might have just been papering over the cracks.

“The game was a carbon copy of so many games this season, losing silly goals and failing to finish our chances off. The teams that win championships are the teams that are difficult to beat.

“Cowdenbeath are the best team defensively and that is why they will win the league.”

Saturday’s result leaves Brechin City in seventh place in the Scottish second division, with 37 points.

They are four clear of third bottom Forfar Athletic, and, more importantly eight and nine ahead of Albion Rovers and Stirling Albion respectively.

A couple more positive results should se City secure their second division status for another season.

But it won’t be easy, for next up is a derby trip to near-neighbours Arbroath this Saturday.

The remaining five fixtures are as follows:- Saturday, April 7 - Stirling Albion (h); Saturday, April 14 - Airdrie United (a); Saturday, April 21 - Stenhousemuir (a); Saturday, April 28 - Cowdenbeath (h); Saturday, May 5 - Dumbarton (a).