Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Brechin City

Tuesday, 20th Mar 2018

Ladbroke Championship: (away) Tuesday 20th March 2018 7.45pm kick off at Glebe Park.

The last visit to Glebe Park in September it was top v bottom. On Tuesday night fifth placed Dunfermline travel to meet Darren Dods Brechin City still in search of their first league win. Dunfermline are the only team that has still to play Brechin twice and they crucially need to firstly secure the three points and then secondly enhance their goal difference if at all possible.

This meeting will be the 52nd league matches between the clubs and Dunfermline have won 35, drawn 8 and lost 8 so far.

Milestones v Brechin City (away)
Last Victory
23/09/17 3-0 Championship
Last Defeat
18/04/15 0-3 League One
Best Victory
07/03/79 6-1 Division Two
08/08/15 6-1 League One
Worst Defeat
07/11/31 0-3 Division Two
18/04/15 0-3 League One

The August 2015 result matched the best Pars result in Brechin, a 6-1 win in 1979 courtesy of a Mike Leonard hat trick and goals from Jimmy Mullin, Kevin Hegarty, and Walter Borthwick.

Last sixteen meetings
Dunfermline have won 13 of the last 16 meetings, teo have been lost, one drawn.

Championship: Dunfermline 2-1 Brechin City : (W) : 23/12/17
Championship: Brechin City 0-3 Dunfermline : (W) : 23/09/17
League One: Dunfermline 3-1 Brechin City : (W) : 26/03/16
League One: Brechin City 1-2 Dunfermline : (W) : 20/02/16
League One: Dunfermline 3-1 Brechin City : (W) : 05/12/15
League One: Brechin City 1-6 Dunfermline : (W) : 08/08/15
League One: Brechin City 0-3 Dunfermline : (W) : 18/04/15
League One: Brechin City 1-1 Dunfermline : (D) : 02/03/15
League One: Dunfermline 0-1 Brechin City : (L) : 24/02/15
League One: Dunfermline 0-0 Brechin City : (D) : 09/08/14
League One: Dunfermline 2-1 Brechin City : (W) : 29/03/14
League One: Brechin City 3-2 Dunfermline : (L) : 25/01/14
League One: Dunfermline 3-1 Brechin City : (W) : 23/11/13
League One: Brechin City 1-1 Dunfermline : (D) 14/09/13
First Division: Dunfermline 2-1 Brechin City : (W) : 30/04/94
First Division: Brechin City 0-1 Dunfermline : (W) : 04/01/94

Last Meeting
Saturday 23rd September 2017
Brechin City 0 Dunfermline 3

This match was much closer that the scoreline suggests. The visitors went ahead in 28 minutes when Kallum Higginbotham`s ball in from a corner on the left travelled out to Lee ASHCROFT on the right side of the box and his low drive took a deflection as it travelled into the net. 0-1

The second Dunfermline goal ten minutes into the second half came from a classic Ryan Williamson move. Winning the ball on the right he pushed it towards the byeline, ran on to it again and surprised his marker by getting a first class cross in that Declan McMANUS rose to head home. 0-2

In 70th minute Sean Crichton rose to attempt to clear a cross but only succeeded in deflecting the ball away from his keeper`s clutches to allow Nicky CLARK an elementary finish chesting the ball home at the far post. 0-3

BRECHIN CITY: Graeme Smith: Paul McLean, Ryan McGeever, Sean Crighton, Willie Dyer: James Dale, Finn Graham (Liam Watt 81), Chris O`Neill (Euan Spark 71), Jordan Sinclair, Connor McLennan (Ally Love 62), Kalvin Orsi.
SUBS NOT USED: Isaac Layne, Gary Fusco, Patrick O`Neil (GK).

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c), Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Kallum Higginbotham, Nat Wedderburn, Dean Shiels (Aaron Splaine 78), David Hopkirk (Callum Smith 68): Declan McManus (Andy Ryan 78), Nicky Clark.
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Martin, Fraser Aird, Scott Lochhead, Cammy Gill (GK).

Form last six matches

Morton (H) D 0-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) W 1-0
St Mirren (A) L 0-2
Queen of the South (A) D 0-0
Livingston (A) D 0-0
Morton (A) L 1-2

Dumbarton (A) L 0-1
Dumbarton (H) L 1-3
St Mirren (A) L 0-1
Falkirk (H) L 0-1
Falkirk (A) L 1-3
Queen of the South (A) L 0-2

Recent Form

League Position: 5th
League Points: 39
League Record: P28 W10 D9 L9 GF40 GA30
Goal Difference: +10
Last Six League Match Form: LDDLWD

League Position: 10th
League Points: 4
League Record: P27 W0 D4 L23 GF19 GA60
Goal Difference: -41
Last Six League Match Form: LLLLLL

Brechin City’s 1-1 draw at home to Morton on 6th January is the only interruption to a 14 match losing run.

Last Time Out

Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c) Lee Ashcroft, Lewis Martin: James Craigen (Fraser Aird 76), Tom Beadling, James Vincent, Kallum Higginbotham, Declan McManus, Nicky Clark (Dan Armstrong 76).
SUBS NOT USED: Dean Shiels, Jason Talbot, Nat Wedderburn, Jean-Yves M’Voto, Cammy Gill (GK)

BRECHIN CITY (v Dumbarton): Patrick O`Neil: Euan Spark, Sean Crighton, Gary Fusco, Willie Dyer: Craig Storie (Callum Morrison 45), Finn Graham, Callum Tapping, Liam Watt: Kelvin Orsi , Dylan Mackin (Isaac Layne 63)
SUBS NOT USED: Paul McLean, James Dale, Euan Smith, Jordan Sinclair, Scott Costello (GK).

Referee will be Barry Cook.

Other Championship fixtures on Tuesday night
Dundee United v Queen of the South

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