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Brechin City failed to keep their winning momentum going on Saturday, losing two-nil in a disappointing home match against East Fife at home (writes Steven Rae)..

The loss puts the Glebe Parkers third-bottom of the table, with bottom two teams, Forfar and Stirling, each having a game in hand.

City now face a tough match this Saturday away to joint league-leaders Arbroath at Gayfield.

Manager Jim Weir said: “We were really disappointed to go a goal down. Obviously it was an individual mistake.

“At the moment we’re getting punished for every mistake and we’re not taking our chances at the other end. I don’t think we started very well, which has been the case this year on so many occasions. We tried to stress to the players that we really wanted to build on the cup tie performance.

“We had a forced change with Brian Hodge being out injured, but I thought we got a reaction after we went two-nothing down, and really I felt if we got one goal back, we could’ve gone on and got something out of the game.

“So many times this year we’ve not been able to do that. We’ve just got to keep working hard and hopefully the season will turn for us.”

Regarding the first half substitutions of McClune and Fusco, Weir said: “I brought the two Hibs lads on because they have, especially Smith, done well for us recently, and Smith was maybe a wee bit unlucky he wasn’t starting the game.

“But it would be a crazy man to try and change the team after the excellent result we got against Dumbarton.

“I just felt David (McClune) would be a wee bit disappointed with his start to the game, and we had to get something natural in there, and that’s what we did and we just have to try and learn from that.”

Weir also confirmed that Scott Buist had picked up an injury on Saturday, saying: “I think he’s picked up a hip injury. I’m liaising with my physio just now to see how he’s going to be and hopefully it’s not too serious.

“On Saturday we’re facing a side which is really high in confidence. Like everything else, confidence is a great thing in football, when you go into every game expecting to win it.

“We’ve got to try and build that into our team and get some kind of consistency.

“It’ll be a difficult game because we’re playing a team who are sitting joint-top of the league, with good players in their team. But I feel that our players, if they show the right attitude and start the game better, can go there and be positive and try to avenge the defeat that we suffered at home which was a wee bit cruel on us.”