Big day looms for ‘Muir

Pic Michael Gillen 02/01/10.  FHS. STENHOUSEMUIR. Ochilview. Stenhousemuir v Alloa. Davie Irons.
Pic Michael Gillen 02/01/10. FHS. STENHOUSEMUIR. Ochilview. Stenhousemuir v Alloa. Davie Irons.
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STENHOUSEMUIR may face a final day showdown with Peterhead for the right to avoid an automatic drop to the Third Division next season.

That was Ochilview boss David Irons’ honest assessment following the 2-2 draw between the bottom two sides in this season’s Second Division at Balmoor Stadium on Tuesday night.

A first half double from Grant Anderson had the Warriors 2-0 ahead but two goals from the home team’s Dennis Wyness after the break, the second a controversial penalty award, meant Stenhousemuir headed home with one point not three.

Now Irons believes survival could all come down to the 7th May return trip his team must make to the Blue Toon.

“There are ten games to go,” said Irons after the midweek clash. “But I am good for some end of season drama. Everywhere I go in football there seems to be something like that.

“I hope that won’t be the case but we are back at Peterhead on the last day of the season so that could be a big match.”

Irons will gather his players for training tonight and prepare them for Saturday’s important home clash with Ayr United.

Their last trip to Ochilview, just a few weeks ago, ended in a comprehensive 3-1 defeat which Irons, at the time, described as his team’s best performance since he took over.

The two have had contrasting fortunes since then with Ayr claiming maximum points from their subsequent games while the Warriors have really failed to capitalise with two draws and two defeats.

Irons will be further handicapped by the absence of central defender Gary Thom following his ordering off on Tuesday. “From where I was I thought Gary had won the ball,” he said. “Gary is honest and said he won the ball but you have to go with what the referee saw, although I felt it was harsh.”

It deprives the Warriors of one of their defensive mainstays over the last few weeks and means at least one change to the team this weekend.

However, Irons is of the view that no team in this season’s Second Division is unbeatable. His players have already seen off Ayr and he remains confident they can claim more victories before the season is out.

“You are always going to get chances against every team in this league,” said Irons. “And I think it is the team that is best organised with the best defence that will end up on top.”

The Warriors have another crucial game on Tuesday night when they take on Dumbarton at Ochilview.