BRECHIN City have been gearing up for the resumption of league action with friendly fixtures, writes Steven Rae.
The Reds defeated Cove Rangers by seven goals to four last midweek and, at the time of going to press on Tuesday, Jim Weir’s men were preparing to face Peterhead.
Looking ahead to the league match at home to Airdrie United on Saturday, the manager highlighted the importance of match practice.
“We needed a work-out and we’ve got another one this week against Peterhead. We just need to make sure we work hard to get things right.”
Reflecting on the goals scored in the friendly with Cove, Weir said: “I was obviously very pleased with the first half and some of the goals.
“We need to get that bit of confidence back and start scoring some goals.
“On the negative side, we lost the four goals which is disappointing, but there were no linesmen and we made a number of changes at half-time.
Weir also mentioned the problems he has with team selection, due to suspension and injury.
“Suspension-wise we’ve got Jim Lister out for two matches, while, on the injury front, we’ve got Gerry McLauchlan and Derek Carcary who will be going in for operations on Wednesday (today).
“These things are fairly costly but the club is looking after them.
“Carcary’s operation is looking fairly straight forward, and I expect him back within a month.
“But Gerry McLauchlan is the big concern, and I expect his absence to be a big bit longer.
“We’ve certainly got a squad and have got the cover for these areas, but you always want to go into any game with your strongest team.”
In addition to Gerry and Derek, Craig Molloy remains sidelined with a groin injury.
“It’ll be a difficult game on Saturday because Airdrie had a great result in their last game,” continued Jim Weir.
“But we’re hoping we can take something from the game and get our season up and running again.”
With the Under-19s performing very well recently, the prospect of some of them moving up to the first team ranks is one Weir is considering.
“The Under-19s have done terrifically,” he commented. “The management team have done a great job, considering they are just going into their second year and the team had a great result in the Scottish Cup at the weekend.
“We had two of the Under-19 squad involved last week, coming on against Cove Rangers.
“That was always the plan to try and progress some of the younger players, maybe even from the boys club, into the Under-19s team and then onto the first team.
“That’s the long-term plan and hopefully it might come sooner than expected.
“I certainly didn’t expect it to happen in the first couple of years, but the way they’re performing just now it would be unfair to deny players those opportunities.”
Getting back onto Saturday’s game, Weir added: “There’s a number of top teams in the league, like ourselves, who haven’t quite found top-form yet, and Airdrie, like ourselves, will be disappointed with the start they’ve made.
“But they are coming off the back of a very good result and they’ll be taking confidence from that going into Saturday’s game.
“We’re on the back of two defeats. We were a bit unlucky against Arbroath and unlucky in the second half against Stirling, but we’ve got to start games better. That would boost the confidence, hopefully the self-belief will grow and we can go on and win games.”