James Dale desperate for maiden City victory to kickstart season

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Midfielder James Dale says struggling Brechin City just need one big victory or performance to kickstart their season.

James came off the bench in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Albion Rovers as City made it four games in the league - and six in all competitions - of successive defeats.

But Dale, formerly of Forfar Athletic, believes the performances have been improving despite the continued bad results.

He said: “It’s very frustrating. We’ve lost four in a row but the performances seem to getting better.

“We just need one win or a really good performance to get us going. We’re still aiming for mid-table but we need to get ourselves started.

“Everyone is gutted with the results so far but all we can do is look to the next fixture and try to work on the issues that lost us the previous game.”

The English centre midfielder also added that the team will be doing much better once their long list of unavailable players have returned.

Paul McLean, Ross Perry, Dene Shields and David Weatherston are all out injured right now and the quartet would very likely all be starting games if available.

Dale continued: “We’re missing a few key players but we’ve added a couple of decent signings. Hopefully once everybody is back the team will be quite strong.

“We just need to get that first win, it’s vital.

“We have about four or five out between suspensions and injuries. We keep suffering from losing goals that we shouldn’t concede.

“We’ve been missing three of the back five who’d be starting in Smith, Perry and McLean. The promising thing is though that we’ve got some big players to come back.”

The addition of Willie Dyer has been a rare positive for manager Darren Dods as the experienced left back looked good against Rovers.

And James believes Dyer’s arrivals gives the side a needed lift as he shores up the defence, a clear problem area for City.

He said: “Willie Dyer gives us a lift. He’s got a lot of experience. It’s probably our weakness back there so to add him is key for the whole team to progress.

“We’ve now got experience all over the park and it’s spread out with Dyer and the gaffer at the back, Molloy in midfield and Jackson up front.”

Next up for Brechin is a gruelling trip to face Stranraer and while James knows the task ahead, he said the team will travel in search of three points that he believes aren’t unachievable.

James added: “All you can do is go for the three points. We’ll go down there to try and win.

“It’s a very long journey but it’s a decent playing surface. They’re a strong team but they’re definitely beatable. It’s about getting the performance we need.”

The Stranraer game is followed by the first derby of the season with Forfar.