Brechin City 2-2 Stranraer

Brechin City staggered over the finishing line in their bid to secure a promotion play-off place after being held at home by a Stranraer side who edge closer to safety from relegation.

Craig Malcolm's equaliser with four minutes remaining takes the visitors three points clear of the Second Division's second-bottom side, East Fife, with two games remaining.

Brechin goalkeeper Craig Nelson and Stranraer counterpart David Mitchell were in fine form in the first half and it seemed the sides would go in at the break all square.

But experienced French striker Armand One put the visitors ahead on the stroke of half-time - his first goal for the club - with a decent finish into the top corner following Sean Winter's cross.

Andy Jackson levelled for the home side in the 57th minute, producing an equally excellent effort from 18 yards to register his 17th goal of the season.

Alan Trouten then put Brechin in front, heading in a Ryan Stewart corner with seven minutes left.

However, Malcolm responded with a close-range volley three minutes later to ensure a share of the spoils.

The points means that Brechin, who lost 3-1 away to bottom side Albion Rovers on Saturday, consolidate their third-top position.

It leaves Arbroath, six points behind, and Forfar Athletic, a point further back, fighting it out for the final play-off place.

Brechin: Nelson, Paul McLean, McLauchlan, Moyes, Brown, Trouten, Fusco (McKenna 46), Jonathan Stewart (Brady 81), Ryan Stewart, Jackson, Ferguson. Subs Not Used: Tough, Murdoch, Longridge.

Booked: Ferguson, McLauchlan, Paul McLean.

Goals: Jackson 57, Trouten 83.

Stranraer: Mitchell, Lloyd Kinnaird, McKeown, Dunlop, Staunton, Winter (Gribben 66), Aitken, Gallagher, Love (Campbell 90), One (Moore 69), Malcolm. Subs Not Used: Cadwell, Wood.

Booked: Staunton, Love.

Goals: One 44, Malcolm 86.

Att: 401

Ref: Stephen Finnie

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