Play-off spot is all but secured

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BRECHIN City continue to fly high in the Scottish Second division - their place in the promotion play-offs all but secured.

Having enjoyed a great Scottish Cup run - going all the way to the quarter-finals - the Reds are now in a fantastic position to clinch a top-four spot with games to spare.

Mathematically, they can still catch runaway league leaders Livingston, having proved they are their equal with a creditable no-scoring draw at Almondvale this past weekend.

But, the likelihood is that the full-timers will get the points they are looking for to clinch a second successive league championship when they take on some of the struggling sides in the division in the coming weeks.

But second place in such a tough division is no mean feat - and City should be proud of their achievements to date.

City’s share at Livy on Saturday took them on to the 50-point mark for the campaign, and the manager accepts that the front-runners are all but out of reach.

“The mathematics tell you it is still possible to catch them, but you have to be realistic,” he commented on Saturday.

“I didn’t think we played well in the first half at Livingston.

“In the second half we had more of a go. We brought on substitutes with experience and we got something out of the game.”

The games continue to come thick and fast after a raft of mid-winter postponements and, at the time of going to press on Tuesday (last night) City were preparing to take on a vastly improved Airdrie United side.

The Diamonds have recently done the double over near-neighbours Forfar Athletic, and have emerged as real top-four challengers, probably at the expense of the floundering Loons.

By the time you are reading this, you will know how Brechin fared in that midweek home joust with Airdrie.

No matter the end result, it’s onwards and upwards for the City with another couple of home matches coming up in quick succession.

East Fife are visitors to Brechin on Saturday, with Ayr United coming to the Glebe on Tuesday evening of next week.

Indeed, the finale to the season won’t be too hard on the pockets of die-hard City fans - for there are only two more away days to go - at Peterhead and Stenhousemuir.

The remaining three games see returns to the Glebe for East Fife and Ayr United - with a derby match against Forfar Athletic to look forward to on Saturday, April 23.

The match against the Loons could be a sore one for those who are preparing to walk from Forfar to Brechin in a sponsored effort ahead of the game that day. Whether it’s a sore one for the team remains another matter!