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Effort on goal by Todd Lumsden from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Anthony Stevenson takes the outswinging corner, save by Craig Nelson.
James Lister takes a shot. Save by Derek Gaston.
Scott Smith decides to take a short corner.
James Lister takes a shot. Blocked by Alan Reid.
Effort from outside the area by Andrew Scott goes wide right of the goal.
The ball is swung over by Alan Reid, Scott Buist manages to make a clearance.
Paul McManus leaves the field to be replaced by Graham Weir. Ryan McStay on for Simon Marriott.
The ball is swung over by David McKenna.
Foul by Anthony Stevenson on Craig Molloy, free kick awarded. Paul McLean takes the indirect free kick.
Andrew Scott on for Robert Love.
Effort from 35 yards by Alan Reid went wide of the right-hand post.
Paul McManus is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Derek Gaston restarts play with the free kick.
James Lister challenges Thomas Reilly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ciaran Donnelly takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Anthony Stevenson.
Anthony Stevenson takes a shot. Craig Nelson makes a save.
Anthony Stevenson challenges Craig Molloy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Garry Brady restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from 30 yards from Scott Chaplain. Craig Nelson makes a save.
Robert Love produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Craig Molloy by James Gilmartin results in a free kick. James Gilmartin leaves the field to be replaced by Thomas Reilly. Craig Nelson restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Scott Smith played to the near post, Paul McLean has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Scott Buist gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Gilmartin. Strike comes in from Anthony Stevenson from the free kick, clearance made by David McKenna.
Unfair challenge on Garry Brady by Steven Lawless results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Smith.
Foul by Bryan Hodge on Alan Reid, free kick awarded. Alan Reid crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Bryan Hodge makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Todd Lumsden on James Lister. Booking for Todd Lumsden for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Scott Smith, save by Derek Gaston.
The ball is crossed by Steven Lawless, Scott Buist makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Garry Brady from the left by-line played to the near post.
Foul by Scott Chaplain on Craig Molloy, free kick awarded. Bryan Hodge has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
James Lister gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Micheal O'Byrne. Micheal O'Byrne takes the free kick.
A goal is scored by Paul McManus from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Albion 0-1 Brechin.Craig Molloy provided the assist for the goal.
Foul by Steven Lawless on Paul McLean, free kick awarded. Craig Nelson takes the free kick.
Michael Dunlop fouled by James Gilmartin, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Smith takes the free kick.
Scott Buist challenges James Gilmartin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anthony Stevenson restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Alan Reid on David McKenna, free kick awarded. Garry Brady restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Anthony Stevenson, clearance made by Scott Buist.
Robert Love produces a cross, blocked by Garry Brady.
The ball is sent over by Ciaran Donnelly, Michael Dunlop manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Lawless by Paul McLean. Free kick taken by Ciaran Donnelly.
The referee blows for offside against James Lister. Derek Gaston takes the indirect free kick.
Alan Reid delivers the ball, clearance made by Michael Dunlop.
James Gilmartin challenges Scott Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Garry Brady takes the free kick.
Paul McManus takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Centre by Paul McManus, clearance by Micheal O'Byrne.
David McKenna takes a shot.
Corner taken right-footed by Garry Brady, save by Derek Gaston.
The ball is delivered by Paul McLean, Robert Love makes a clearance.
Michael Dunlop challenges James Gilmartin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Dunlop is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Anthony Stevenson restarts play with the free kick.
Scott Buist fouled by Steven Lawless, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Nelson.
Corner taken right-footed by Garry Brady from the left by-line, save by Derek Gaston.
Unfair challenge on James Gilmartin by Michael Dunlop results in a free kick. Alan Reid takes the indirect free kick.
Gemmell blow for Albion
Albion will be without influential striker John Gemmell due to work commitments as they host Brechin.
Rovers are just three points ahead of City in the table and they will also have to cope with the absence of left-back Barry Russell, who has a hamstring injury.
On-loan St Mirren striker Thomas Reilly is included after a deal to extend his time at Coatbridge was agreed.
Rovers boss Paul Martin said: "Losing John is a big blow as he has been in great form recently but we have several players who have been really keen to show me what they can do and one of them will get the opportunity to do that.
"We beat Brechin 4-1 last month but the game was much closer than that so we will need to be at our best again."
Brechin are sweating on the fitness of Charlie King.
The City skipper has a hamstring injury and is facing a race against time to be fit for the clash.
Defender Gary Fusco misses out through work commitments and centre back Gerry McLachlan is still not ready to return after knee surgery, however manager Jim Weir has a happy problem to solve up front.
Weir said: "Paul McManus and David McKenna did really well against Airdrie last week when they came on and scored to help us with the game so I have a nice dilemma over who I start with in this one.
"We performed well last week and a win in this game gives us a great platform for 2011."
McManus wins it for Brechin
Brechin moved level on points with Albion in the Second Division after Paul McManus' first-half strike sealed a 1-0 victory at Cliftonhill.
The Hedgemen dominated their hosts in the first half, David McManus twice going close with long-range drives on each foot.
But Paul McManus, who had blasted over the crossbar in the 21st minute, put the visitors ahead seven minutes before the break. Craig Molloy stormed down the left wing to pick out McManus, who powered the ball into the back of the net from 12 yards.
Scott Chaplain went close to equalising with 65 minutes played, his ripping volley from distance caught by Craig Nelson.
James Lister then threatened to extend the Brechin's lead with a pinpoint shot from 12 yards but could not outsmart Derek Gaston.
And as full-time approached, Todd Lumsden had an excellent chance to snatch a point but volleyed agonisingly over the crossbar when well-placed to score.
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