Good news for City

WHILE the season traditionally kicks-of with the opening rounds in the Ramsdens and Scottish Community League Cups - and the financial windfall these matches sometimes bring - the real bread and butter for teams such as Brechin City is the league.

And, after a disappointing Scottish second division campaign in season 2011-2012, which saw City finish just above the relegation zone, all those connected with what is very much a community club will be hoping for an improvement in 2012-2013.

Not that it will be easy, for there are some very competitive sides in the division.

The good news for City fans is that three of the opening four league fixtures are at the Glebe, while one of the two away days in the first six games is at nearby Station Park.

The bad news for the committee is that, with Stranraer moving up to division two and Airdrie United being elevated to the first division, it will mean higher costs in terms of travelling to Stair Park twice during the coming season.

But, first things first, and the reds open the campaign with a home match against Albion Rovers on Saturday, August 11.

The following Saturday, Brechin make the trip to Stenhousemuir (the team they play in the opening round of the Scottish Communities Cup a week on Saturday), while two home games follows, against East Fife on Saturday, August 25 and Alloa Athletic on Saturday, September 1.

Then comes the opening derby match of the season, at Forfar on September 15, a team City will also first foot on January 2.