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Match Preview: Brechin City v Cowdenbeath


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Match Preview: Brechin City v Cowdenbeath

PostedMay 10, 2011

It's May so of course it's time for the annual Cowdenbeath play-off campaign - the fourth season in a row that we will be taking part in a play-offs.

This time around Cowden face Brechin City in the semi-final and return to Glebe Park - the scene of last seasons success - for the first leg on Wednesday night (kick off 7.45pm).

The Blue Brazil go into the game in good form having taken 8 points from the last 6 league games. Jimmy Nicholl rested a number of players last weekend and all return to the squad along with fit-again Mark Baxter and suspension free Craig Winter and Colin Cameron. Joe Mbu, Dene Droudge, Richie Vauls and John Dempster all miss out due to injury.

The 2 sides met on 6 occasions last season with Brechin winning their only match in the 2nd game of the season before 3 draws (including a thrilling 3-3 draw at Glebe Park) and 2 wins for Cowden saw us edge the head to head ranking. 5 matches unbeaten against Brechin is a good omen going into the game. However, the Glebe Park side were 2nd Division title contenders for much of the season and took St. Johnstone to a replay in the quarter final of the Scottish Cup. Also, in Rory McAllister they have the top scorer in Scotland (29 goals in all competitions, 3 ahead of Mark Roberts and 5 ahead of Ian Russell).

Brechin finished 4th in the 2nd division and in fact were just one win away from finishing in 2nd place. Their title aspirations fell away late in the season and almost missed out on a play-off place after a 7 match winless run but their recent form improved with 2 wins out of 2

Cowden fans know all about the joy and sorrow that these matches can bring having been involved from both a relegation and promotion aspect. The first two attempts ended in failure (although promotion followed in 2008/09 after Livingston were demoted for entering administration). However, last year we defeated Wednesday's opponents 3-0 on aggregate to gain our 1st division status.

Match of the day fact of the week:- It has been a positive season after holding our own in a division dominated by full-time outfits. However, clean sheets have been our achilles heel - in fact we achieved the lowest in Scotland but thankfully West Bromwich Albion have only kept ONE all season to stop us from finishing bottom in England too!

There is no segregation place on Wednesday night and admission is as follows:

  • Adult - 12
  • Concession - 5

Fans can enter Glebe Park from either the Trinity Road or Cemetery Road turnstiles.

Lounge Hospitality packages are available for both home and away fans at 25 for non season ticket holders. Visit www.brechincity.com for more information.

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