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Brechin boss Barry Smith looking for experienced players to help team cope with hectic run of games

Tam Scobbie.
Tam Scobbie.

Brechin boss Barry Smith is hoping the core of experienced players he added in January will help negotiate a hectic schedule of five games in just 14 days and secure the points to pull them out of the League 1 drop zone.

City’s game at the Glebe with Montrose fell victim to the wintry weather last weekend meaning they will now play Saturday/Tuesday/Saturday for the next fortnight.

However, with Brechin sitting second bottom of the table, Smith will not be making excuses and instead believes the experienced additions such as Tam Scobbie, Lewis Toshney and Scott Robertson can help the team pick up vital victories during the busy spell.

Smith said: “There has to be a big thank you to the fans who turned up to try to clear the snow from the pitch last week.

“It meant a lot because we wanted the game on.

“Unfortunately there was then another heavy fall of snow that lasted for about an hour.

“There was no way the game could have gone ahead but I would like to personally thank the fans for trying.

“The postponement doesn’t make it any easier but everybody else is playing games in midweek so we will just have to focus on one match at a time.

“The first game we have to make sure we take care of is East Fife which won’t be an easy task.

“But as much as there is a difference between us in the league table, there isn’t a lot between the teams.”

Smith added: “Obviously we feel we strengthened in January.

“We felt we needed more experience. We had the likes of Andy Jackson and Dougie Hill but we needed more to help the younger ones round about them.

“We have done that so hopefully these guys can help get us out of the position we are in just now.

“We need to go and start winning games.”

Callum Tapping and Jordan Sinclair have returned to training after recovering from injury but the trip to Methil will come too soon for them while Dene Shields also remains out.

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