REPORT: Dods goal helps Brechin City secure unlikely point

Photo by Derek Watt.
Photo by Derek Watt.

Scottish League One

It looked as if all three points would be heading towards Excelsior Stadium.

Two goals down at the interval, City had a mountain to climb in the second-half but a goal within five minutes of the restart reduced the deficit with player-boss Darren Dods grabbing a dramatic equaliser with just 10 minutes left on the clock.

City remain rooted at the foot of the Ladbrokes League One table but the gap against the side immediately above them, Forfar Athletic, has been reduced to just two points after the Loons’ 1-0 home defeat from Stenhousemuir.

The hosts started off really brightly against the Diamonds with visiting keeper Rohan Ferguson bringing off a great save to deny David Weatherston within the first couple of minutes but it was Eddie Wolecki Black’s men who grabbed the opening goal after 12 minutes.

Full-back David Ferguson made ground on the right before sending an inch-perfect cross into the City box for former Glebe Park striker Jim Lister to glance a great header beyond the reach of Graeme Smith.

City didn’t let their heads go down however and they levelled the match in the 23rd minute when Gary Fusco played a short pass to Lewis Spence who pushed forward into the visitors’ penalty area before striking a fierce drive past Ferguson.

Brechin were in the driving seat but they were shocked when the Diamonds scored two goals in quick succession three minutes before half-time.

Centre-back Sean Crighton restored his side’s advantage in the 42nd minute when he was on the spot to blast an Adam Brown free-kick past Smith and he was on hand again just a couple of minutes later when he rose above the home defence to power a header into the bottom corner of the net.

City clearly had it all to do in the second-half but they came roaring out of the starting blocks and reduced the deficit within five minutes when Robert Thomson dived low in the box to head home a Willie Dyer cross.

And the hosts got the rewards their play deserved when player-manager Dods headed home a late equaliser in the 80th minute.

A well-deserved point for Brechin City then as the League One relegation fight continues to heat up.

This Saturday sees Dods lead his men down to Stranraer to take on the side eighth in the table, with the Blues seven points ahead of City but having played a game more.

A win - and a negative result for Forfar - would give Brechin a huge lift going forward in the coming weeks.