Brechin couldn’t make it back to back derby wins when they travelled to take on Forfar Athletic in the league last Saturday.
Ray McKinnon’s side, which is due to host Forfar in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup at Glebe Park on November 30, left Station Park disappointed after a 2-0 defeat.
City had a great chance in the opening 10 minutes of the match, with Greg Cameron forcing a save from Rab Douglas in the Forfar goal.
Douglas had to be quick on his toes again in the 25th minute to deny Alan Trouten, with the ‘keeper performing an exceptional close range save.
It was Forfar who should have taken the lead just two minutes later, with Chris Templeman missing an open goal with his effort going over the bar from just six yards out.
Douglas pulled off another excellent save in the 36th minute, this time denying Steven Robb. The resulting corner from the save provided Trouten with an opportunity to shoot, but his effort was over the bar.
The home side made their breakthrough in the 38th minute, with Jamie McCluskey crossing for Dale Hilson, who buried the ball in the back of the net.
It was Forfar who were the sharper side in the second half, with Graeme Smith saving a Templeman effort, before Hilson headed wide in the 60th minute.
Brechin pressed back, searching for an equaliser but Bobby Barr shot straight at the Forfar ‘keeper in the 70th minute, with Derek Carcary following suit six minutes later.
Forfar sealed their victory in the 86th minute, with substitute Ross Campbell proving a valuable addition two minutes after his introduction to the match when he fired home from a Templeman knockdown.
Speaking after the match, Brechin manager Ray McKinnon commented: “We deserved nothing out of that game. I was disappointed with my players. I thought we played some nice stuff in the first half, but we had no cutting edge. I am disappointed in the goals we lost. The first one we didn’t pick up the runner, and the second we weren’t matching the runs again.
“We had seven or eight players not at their best today and that’s not good enough to win a game.
It wasn’t all disappointment for the City manager, with Greg Cameron receiving praise for his performance. Mr McKinnon said: “I am pleased with Greg Cameron. He’s come in and passed the ball really well. He has done really well in terms of playing through the midfield. That’s my bonus today.”