Match Preview || Elgin City

Match Preview || Elgin City

It’s back to league action this week, and back to the Highlands as we make the long trip north to take on Elgin City.

The sides have already met twice this season, with Elgin having the edge with one win and one draw. There’s been no lack of entertainment though, with ten goals served up in the previous two meetings.

With teams come into this off the back of Scottish Cup wins, and we caught up with Swifty to ask how the team’s preparations have been in anticipation of their return to league action.

“Its been good. Obviously we know exactly how they’re going to set up. They’ve got a really good striker and we want to set up accordingly to try and stop that. But also, we’ve got tools of our own that we believe we can use to hurt them. We’ve got plenty of pace in the team and we feel as if we can go and hurt them with our fire power. We just need to make sure that we’re tight and we’re organised and I feel that if we can do that, we’ll come away with the win.”

Kane Hester has caused the club issues all season, and it’s important that the defence have better control over the striker this time around.

“Absolutely, I think every team in the league will be the same in terms of looking out for Kane Hester but they’ve also got other good players and you can’t just concentrate on the one person otherwise they’ll punish you in other areas. So it’s important that we’re set up all over the pitch and we want to make sure that, that I said, we’re going to go and punish them as well going forward. It’s not just about nullifying their threats, we’ve got to make sure that we’ve got our threats. I think all season, we’ve proven that we’re one of the top goalscorers in the league, so that’s never been a problem, we just need to make sure that we’re compact and tight.”

Stenhousemuir picked up their first win since the second round of the Scottish Cup, with three draws and a loss in the league in between. Saturday’s win was very welcome, but it’s now time to get our league run back on form.

“Aye, it was great to get a win on Saturday and it gave a real boost to the boys. We have changed things slightly. When you do go on a bad run, I think every team is the same, you need to find solutions to the problems. We’ve brought in a bit more energy to the team, feel as if that’s given us a wee bit of a lift and, fingers crossed, we can go and replicate what we’ve been doing over the last couple of games into the Elgin game. But, it’s 13 games and we’ve lost 2 games, although there’s been far too many draws in there, we’re aware of that, but there’s been a lot of positives throughout this run and we just need to make sure that we get a big three points on Saturday.”

Nat and Nicky missed out on the Scottish Cup victory on Saturday, and they’ll also miss out this weekend.

“Nat will miss out the weekend and Nicky is still out long term. Other than that, we’ve got a full squad available. Hopefully we start to get a better look at the squad in terms of being able to pick from a bigger number, but those two will be out on Saturday.”

If you’re looking for omens, 3rd December has been a relatively lucky day for The Warriors’ results. Although we last played on 3rd December in 2019, which ended up a 2-2 with Saturday’s hosts! All in all, we’ve played on 3rd December 13 times with only two losses, the last coming in 1949 and nine wins!

MATCHDAY INFORMATION


Kick-off: 3pm

Match Entry: Elgin have a pay at the gate policy with cash only accepted at the turnstiles. Tickets can be bought online using FanBase here.

  • Stand Adult – £15 (Tickets will only be available via Fanbase)
  • Ground Adult – £13
  • Stand Concession – £10 (Tickets will ONLY be available via Fanbase)
  • Ground Concession – £8

Getting There: Click here for details of how to get to Elgin by car or train. Contact Andy McPhate on Twitter for the Supporter’s Bus info [leaves Ochilview at 9.30am]

Referee: Gavin Duncan

Assistants: Calum Doyle & Steven Wilson

 

OPPOSITION INFORMATION


Full name Elgin City Football Club
Nickname(s) City or The Black and Whites
Founded 1893; 129 years ago
Ground Borough Briggs, Elgin
Capacity 4,520 [478 seated]
Chairman Graham Tatters
Manager Gavin Price
2021–22 Scottish League Two, 9th of 10

 

Last 10 Matches 

Date Venue Competition Opponent Result Score
26 Nov Away Scottish Cup R3 Hill of Beath Hawthorn W 1-2
19 Nov Away League Two Annan Athletic W 1-3
12 Nov Home League Two Dumbarton L 0-4
5 Nov Away League Two Bonnyrigg Rose W 2-3
29 Oct Away League Two East Fife L 2-1
22 Oct Home Scottish Cup R2 Camelon Jrs W 4-0
15 Oct Home League Two Forfar Athletic L 0-1
11 Oct Home League Two Albion Rovers W 1-0
8 Oct Away League Two Stranraer W 3-2
1 Oct Home League Two Annan Athletic W 5-1

 

Top Scorers

Rank Name Goals Assists Played Goals per 90 Mins per Goal Total Shots Goal Conversion Shot Accuracy
1
Kane Hester
13 2 19 0.71 126 43 30% 67%
2
Russell Dingwall
8 6 17 0.48 187 26 31% 69%
3
Darryl McHardy
3 1 17 0.21 437 20 15% 65%
3
Brian Cameron
3 0 17 0.19 478 9 33% 56%
5
Dylan Lawrence
1 1 15 0.13 698 6 17% 50%
5
Matthew Cooper
1 1 12 0.09 1002 3 33% 67%
5
Angus Mailer
1 0 18 0.08 1125 8 13% 38%
5
Jake Dolzanski
1 0 17 0.06 1402 3 33% 33%

The statistics shown for each player include any goals they may have scored in the following competitions in the current season: Scottish League Cup, Scottish League Two

 

FIXTURE INFORMATION


Last 10 Meetings 

Date Venue Competition Result Score
17 Sep 22 Home League Two D 3-3
23 Aug 22 Away Challenge Cup L 1-3
9 Apr 22 Away League Two W 0-2
29 Jan 22 Home League Two W 2-1
18 Dec 21 Away League Two D 2-2
25 Sep 21 Home League Two L 1-2
13 Apr 21 Home League Two W 2-0
19 Dec 20 Away League Two L 0-2
18 Jan 20 Away League Two W 2-3
3 Dec 19 Home League Two D 2-2

 

ON THIS DAY – 3rd December


Year Opponent Competition Venue Result Score
2019 Elgin City League Two Home D 2-2
2016 Forres Mechanics Scottish Cup R3 Replay Home W 3-1
2011 East Fife Division Two Away W 1-3
2005 Berwick Rangers Division Three Away W 0-2
1994 Morton Division Two Home D 0-0
1983 Dunfermline Division Two Home W 2-1
1966 Brechin City Division Two Away W 4-5
1960 Albion Rovers Division Two Home W 3-0
1949 Morton Division Two Away L 4-0
1938 Morton Division Two Home W 2-0
1932 Raith Rovers Division Two Home W 3-1
1927 Leith Athletic Division Two Away W 1-2
1921 East Fife Division Two Away L 4-0

 

LEAGUE INFORMATION


Bonnyrigg Rose vs Dumbarton

East Fife vs Annan Athletic

Elgin City vs Stenhousemuir

Forfar Athletic vs Albion Rovers

Stranraer vs Stirling Albion

2022/23 League Table

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