Darren Dods keen to close ground on rivals in League One relegation battle

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Darren Dods revealed he is seeking more additions to his Brechin City squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to Stranraer.

City secured an important point on Saturday as they battled back from two goals down to draw 3-3 with the Diamonds, with player-manager Dods getting the all-important third goal.

But as has been the case throughout this season for Brechin, there’s always bad news with the good and Paul McLean suffered a strained hamstring in the game, with the influential defensive player now facing a month on the sidelines.

Dods added that it’s essential his side can get some wins on the board as they look to avoid relegation to Scottish League Two, starting this week against fellow strugglers Stranraer.

The Glebe Park boss said: “We’re looking to bring some players in. We got Lewis Spence in which is great.

“Jack Ross had said we could keep Isaac Layne for the season but unfortunately Alloa got a few injuries so they recalled Isaac which was disappointing for us.

“If we could get a couple more in it would be ideal.

“Obviously Dene Shields has gone back to Malta as well. They’ve lived over there for seven years and for what he’s paying over here, he’s getting a house and a swimming pool and everything over there.

“They’re used to the way of life over there.

“It’s disappointing as he was getting fit and he’s always a threat.

“I think the important thing is there are 16 games to go, we’ve got everyone to play home and away apart from Ayr and Airdrieonians. We need to pick up points against the teams just above us. We know roughly the target we’re aiming for.

“We just need to get wins on board. We go for the team right above us first. If you can get a couple of wins though you could maybe drag someone else down into it, you never know.

“At Christmas we beat Stranraer and got off the bottom of the park but then they went and beat Stenhousemuir 5-1. Stranraer have won three of their last four since we beat them in the league.

“We lost down there but then we played really well at home to beat them 2-0, so we need another performance like that.

“But if we go down there and win you’re looking at being four points behind them with a game in hand.

“Paul McLean’s strained his hamstring, it’s probably going to be three or four weeks. He’s versatile so it’s a big disappointment to lose him.

“Lewis Spence strained his groin but we’re hopeful he’s only a week away.”