Stirling Albion complete the first quarter of the Ladbrokes League 2 campaign with a trip to Glebe Park to play Brechin City on Saturday. We have slipped to the foot of the table despite a three-match unbeaten run but are only four points outside the top four.
Kevin Rutkiewicz: “I was very pleased with the second half against Stenhousemuir last week but we need to do that for the full 90 minutes. It’s a big game against Brechin and it’s important we go into the mini break with a positive result.”
Team news: Josh Peters, Dylan Mackin, Jordan Lowdon and Gareth Rodger are all ruled out and Dylan Bikey is a doubt. Paul Willis trained on Thursday night but Saturday’s game may come too soon.
Opponents: Brechin’s squad changed almost completely over the summer after a second successive relegation. The new arrivals included former Binos Jonathan Page (Airdrie) and Ryan McCord (Arbroath). Mark Wilson recently replaced Barry Smith as manager and last week’s 2-1 win over Elgin lifted City off the bottom at our expense.
Past meetings: This is our first trip to Glebe Park since July 2016 when we lost 2-1 in a Betfred Cup tie and the most recent meeting was also in that competition, with City winning 2-1 at Forthbank last July. We have not met on league business since 2014/15 – we lost all four games, including a pair of 2-1 defeats at Glebe Park, and were relegated from League 1.
Referee: John McKendrick
Admission: Adults £13, Concessions £9. Parent & Child £16
City Club Bar: Albion fans will be made very welcome in the The City Club, which is inside the ground in the David Will Stand. It’s open from 1.00pm – for supporters arriving before the turnstiles are open, access will be via the players / officials door upon payment of the regular gate entry price.
Glebe Park: A gem of a ground. Not just the famous hedge but the ability to change ends at half-time!
Weather: Current forecast is breezy, with rain possible
Next meeting: Stirling Albion v Brechin City – 07/12/19
Our next game: Stirling Albion v Strathspey Thistle – 19/10/19