Brechin City 0
Brechin City remain rooted to the bottom of the Ladbrokes League One table after going down to a 3-0 defeat from Cowdenbeath at Central Park.
City had the opportunity of moving up two places in the table if they had managed to record a victory against the Fifers.
However, the defeat sees them remain in basement position, four points adrift of Saturday’s opponents and one point behind second bottom Stranraer, with both of those sides having a game in hand.
City got off to the worst possible start when they fell behind with just 10 minutes on the clock.
Greig Spence flighted a good free-kick into the City box which, unfortunately, struck player-boss Darren Dods on the arm, with referee Alan Newlands immediately pointing to the penalty-spot.
It seemed a harsh decision, as there was certainly no intent by the City boss to use an arm, but the hosts took full advantage, with Dean Brett stepping up to blast the spot-kick past Graeme Smith in the City goal.
Both sides then had periods of pressure without any real clear-cut chances being created, with the hosts happy to go in at the interval 1-0 up and City still very much in the contest.
The visitors began the second half on the offensive and pushed forward into attack in an effort to grab the equaliser, with home keeper Jamie Sneddon performing heroics to keep out a header from Andy Jackson in the 61st minute.
Shortly afterwards, skipper Craig Molloy headed wide from good position.
However, City were unfortunately made to pay for those missed opportunities when the Blue Brazil went two goals up after 75 minutes.
A corner from the left was swung deep into the City box with Ali El Zubaidi rising above the visitors defence to power a header past Smith.
The hosts notched the decisive third goal right at the death when they broke quickly from defence into attack, with substitute Craig Johnston laying the ball on for Spence, who made no mistake from around five yards out.
City manager Darren Dods was extremely disappointed with the result.
“We knew we had an opportunity to get ourselves off the bottom of the league, so I’m obviously disappointed with the outcome,” he said.
“We didn’t start the game well and gave away a penalty when the ball hit my hand, which was unfortunate, but we really didn’t get going for the remainder of the half.
“I felt that we had them camped in for the first 20 minutes of the second half, with their goalkeeper bringing off great saves from myself and Andy Jackson, and I really thought that the goal was coming.”