BRECHIN City manager Jim Weir has called on the local community to come out in big numbers on Saturday, to try and help his side into the play-offs.
Weir is mindful that while his side only need a point to get into the promotion cup-tie scenario, that looked a formality a few weeks ago and is taking nothing for granted.
“First and foremost I hope that all those people who gave us such magnificent backing in the memorable games against Dundee and St Johnstone this season come to the Glebe on Saturday and get right behind us. Despite what has gone on in the last few weeks, the players deserve to have a decent turn out for the effort and commitment they have displayed throughout this season.
“People can forget the fact we need a point to qualify for the play-offs. We will be going out to win the game and our job could be made that bit less arduous with a good support behind us.”
The City boss described Saturday’s win at Stenhousemuir as “crucial” and also said that like him, his opposite number at Ochilview had felt Brechin had been worthy winners in the end.
“Davie Irons is a very honest lad and he said he felt we shaded it. We had a couple of nervy moments in the second half when we allowed crosses to come into our box. However, in the end the players deserve praise for the manner in which they went about their business. It wasn’t a classic performance by any stretch of the imagination, but at this stage of the season the point is getting points on the board.
“We were robbed of the services of Craig Nelson who failed a fitness test on a calf strain prior to the game and David Scott did very well. To be fair to David and Craig if Craig is fit on Saturday he will play as I have said I don’t feel its fair on a young goalkeeper being asked to come in and play given what is at stake at present, although we have every confidence in David if that’s what’s required.
“Gerry McLauchlan had to come off on Saturday after getting a knock in the face and we are hopeful he will be okay too. East Fife have done magnificently well to push us this far. However, to be fair to our players I think they would feel cheated if they aren’t in the play-offs come Saturday night and that is what we must focus on.
“Having McAllister back was a real bonus too. He looked like the rest had done him a power of good and Rory capped a great weekend for him with his second SPFA Player of the Year Award on Sunday night. There is no bigger reward for a player than being recognised by your fellow professionals.
“We haven’t given up hope of keeping him for another year and are still working on that. Rory has returned to the team and slotted right back into it like he had never been away. I thought we also looked more settled at the back and we know what’s required now its a 150 per cent from players and supporters alike. If Brechiners want to have another spin off for the local community, hopefully they will play their part on Saturday and my players will be fully focused on trying to do the same.”