Midweek slip

Bryan Hodge's powerful shot goes narrownly over the Stirling crossbar.

Bryan Hodge's powerful shot goes narrownly over the Stirling crossbar.

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BRECHIN City’s promotion play-off hopes suffered a midweek set-back when they crashed three-one against relegation threatened Stirling Albion.

The Binos went in at the interval two goals up through Alan Cook and Mark Ferry and a further goal from Gary Thom in the 61st minute wrapped up up the three points, although Paul McManus did reduce the leeway before the end.

Paul McManus directs his header into the top corner to claw a goal back for City.

Paul McManus directs his header into the top corner to claw a goal back for City.

The first-half at the Glebe was entertaining and evenly contested, with both teams pushing forward in an effort to grab the opening goal.

Stirling keeper Callum Reidford pulled off a fine save from a Craig Molloy shot, while, at the other end, Craig Nelson held a 30-yard Ferry drive and then palmed a Darren Smith right-foot drive round the post.

City’s Bryan Hodge was then denied by a point-black Reidford save.

With play continuing to swing from end to end, the reds were rocked by two Stirling strikes just prior to the break.

In the 41st minute, from a free-kick, Ferry touched the ball to Alan Cook who blasted a great left-foot drive into the bottom corner of the net.

Stirling pressed immediately for a further goal and it came a couple of minutes later.

A Smith shot was blocked on the line but the rebound went straight to Ferry, who blasted the ball high into the roof of the net.

The Binos continued on the offensive after the break and they seemed to put the game out of Brechin’s reach in the 61st minute when Gary Thom rose well above the City defence to head home a Cook corner. City though hit right back to reduce the deficit just a minute later when Gary Fusco swung over a cross from the right and Paul McManus was on hand to power a header into the net via the far post.

City boss Jim Weir said: “The most disappointing aspect for me was the goals we lost.

“If you lose bad goals you don’t win games and, unfortunately for us, that’s what happened in midweek.”