REPORT: Defeat of Honest Men gives Brechin City a perfect week

Photo by Derek Watt.

Photo by Derek Watt.

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Brechin City finished off a perfect week with a 1-0 victory over third-placed Ayr United at Glebe Park.

Robert Thomson scored the only goal of the game 16 minutes from the end to net City another vital three points following on from Tuesday’s derby victory over Forfar Athletic.

As a result of those two important wins, City have narrowed the points gap against Forfar to just one while they sit four points adrift of Cowdenbeath.

The performance from the side on Saturday against the Honest Men was gritty and determined just as it had been against the Loons, and there’s no doubt that City’s destiny lies firmly in their own hands.

The first-half was dominated by the midfields of both sides with very, very few clear-cut chances at either end.

City had a half-chance after 18 minutes when a long ball from defence was headed by Robert Thomson into the path of Liam Watt who shot high over the bar.

Ayr had a better opportunity on the half-hour mark when City failed to clear their lines at the edge of the penalty-box with the ball falling kindly for Ryan Stevenson who drilled in a low drive which was held by Graeme Smith.

City had another half-chance with nine minutes of the half remaining when Watt floated a good free-kick into the Ayr box for Darren Dods but his header was too direct and Greg Fleming saved easily.

The Honest Men put pressure on the City rearguard straight from the restart with Ross Docherty and Alan Forrest firing wide before Smith came to City’s rescue bringing off three miraculous saves in quick succession from Jamie Adams, Stevenson and Forrest.

However, with 16 minutes remaining, City made the vital breakthrough.

They won a corner on the left and Watt swung in a perfect cross for Thomson who rose above the visitors defence to head strongly past Fleming.

Ayr surged forward in the closing stages in an effort to grab the equaliser but the City defence held firm.