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Although defeated at Somerset Park on Saturday, Brechin City were by no means disgraced.

Conditions were such that one wondered if the referee had tossed a coin to decide if the game would go ahead - and it came down the wrong way up.

Whatever the cause, the person who will be most upset will be the Ayr United groundsman, who will have a great deal of work to do. As the game went on and the rain increased in ferocity, the ball was sticking and stopping in the mud.

Brechin manager Darren Dods said afterwards that he had seen games called off on pitches like that one.

He added: “It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if the score was 0-0 at half-time instead of 2-0 for the home side.

“The referee might have had a wee think about the attitude of 1500 home fans!”

Dods now has to consider his options for Saturday’s home derby against Forfar Athletic.

There are no injury problems and any aches and pains caused by playing in a quagmire will have eased and gone.

Dods said it is important that his side continues its winning ways at home, having defeated Stranraer at Glebe Park last time out.

He is well aware that Forfar have a new manager in Gary Bollan, but his players will be concentrating on the job in hand during the 90 minutes.

The honours are even in their two meetings this season.

The disappointment of being once again at the bottom of Division One, after Stranraer’s emphatic 5-1 win at Stenhousemuir on Saturday, is more than balanced by the determination to get moving up the league again.

The boss continued: “We need to take points from every game.”

There are only three points between Brechin and the third-bottom side - which is, of course, Forfar.

Dods concluded: “Let’s open the New Year on a high, with lots of home support shouting encouragement to their team.”