REPORT: Brechin City dealt sickening blow in relegation battle

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Brechin City will almost certainly have to take full points from their remaining three matches if the spectre of automatic relegation is to be avoided following their 2-1 defeat from Cowdenbeath at Central Park.

The result means that the Blue Brazil move five points clear of Darren Dod’s men who sit one point behind Angus neighbours Forfar.

To say that the result was an injustice and harsh on the City players would be an understatement to say the least.

Following the loss of a goal after just 48 seconds when Greig Spence slotted the ball home from close-range, the City players rolled up their sleeves and set about their task resolutely and laid siege towards Grant Adam in the home goal for virtually the remainder of the half, but despite creating a barrowload of chances they could find no way past the Blue Brazil keeper.

It was always going to be a question of whether or not City could keep up the almost constant pressure on the home rearguard after the break but despite maybe not being quite as dominant as they were in the opening 45 minutes, they still had the lion’s share of pressure and possession and they at last got their reward in the 73rd minute when Lewis Spence who had worked tirelessly throughout collected a shot pass from Jamie Robson and slotted the ball into the far corner of the net.

City then went all out for the winning goal but they were caught by a classic sucker punch with just five minutes remaining when substitute Chris Kane rose above the home defence to steer a header beyond the reach of Graeme Smith.

City tried hard to get back into the match but the home defence held on.