Home match with the Warriors frozen out

JIm Weir - looking for City to get the season up and running with a home win over Airdrie United this Saturday. 'Picture by Derek Watt, Brechin.
JIm Weir - looking for City to get the season up and running with a home win over Airdrie United this Saturday. 'Picture by Derek Watt, Brechin.

BRECHIN City’s hopes of getting back on the winning trail after the blip at Dumbarton the previous Saturday were scuppered by the weather.

Although, in the main, we are getting through the worst of the winter without too much interruption by the weather, the overnight frost on Friday failed to come out of parts of the ground to enable the game with Stenhousemuir to go ahead.

There were high hopes at one stage that the temperatures would rise sufficiently to allow the game to get the go-ahead, but there were a few hard areas where the ground didn’t get the sun and the inspecting referee postponed the game at around 11 am.

All thoughts will now turn to this week’s home derby fixture against high-flying Arbroath.

The Lichties warmed up for the latest derby joust with a crushing six-one victory over Albion Rovers at Gayfield on Saturday, to close the gap to five points between themselves and current pace-setters Cowdenbeath, who suffered a shock set-back at Station Park on Saturday.

Brechin City currently sit 12 points behind Arbroath and their more immediate task will be to narrow the four-point gap between themselves and the two teams immediately above them in the division - Dumbarton and Stenhousemuir.

It promises to be a mouth-watering clash between the two top Angus teams on present form and there should be a sizeable crowd at the Glebe to witness all the derby action.

Supporters of both clubs are reminded that limited capacity is still available at Brechin City’s 1983 Hospitality Lounge for Saturday’s match.

Speaking on behalf of the club’s management committee, Grant Hood said: “City fans have been largely starved of Glebe Park action latterly with only one home fixture taking place at the Glebe since the end of November – that being the derby victory over Forfar Athletic at new year.

“This has co-incided with the team more consistently providing a level of performance on the park which has more closely matched the hopes and aspirations around the club at the start of the season.

“With Arbroath on something of a high, we would anticipate a larger than usual travelling support, so it would be terrific if a healthy terracing atmosphere could be re-produced in a full hospitality lounge.”

Entry to The 1983 Hospitality Lounge is by prior booking (to over-18s only) and enquiries should be made via e-mail to ghood@brechincityfc.com or by calling Brechin City’s Commercial Line on 07817 910548.

Brechin City have been dealt a blow with the news that Derek Carcary will miss the rest of the season through injury.

It emerged last week that the striker, who joined the club from Dumbarton at the beginning of the season, had suffered a broken arm in training.

It was initially thought that Carcary would be sidelined for a few weeks, but following an operation last week, he will have to sit out the remainder of the campaign.

Following Saturday’s home derby, Brechin City will travel to take on East Fife on Saturday, February 4, before a home joust with Airdrie United on Saturday, February 11.