Warriors boss Martyn Corrigan has admitted that two defeats against Second Division basement boys Albion Rovers in the space of a month has seriously dented his team’s chances of reaching the play-offs.
Stenhousemuir lost out 4-3 at Cliftonhill before slipping to a 1-0 defeat at home two weeks ago.
Corrigan described March as “a dissapointing month” for the club as they failed to take three points from any of the five games played.
But he told Heraldsport that he is not ruling his team making a late push up the table.
He said: “The two defeats to Albion Rovers have cost us, there’s no doubt about it. But we picked up a valuable point at Arbroath mid-week and we now need to go to East Fife and get a win.
“It’s vital that we get the three points.”
The Warriors now lie in seventh place in the table on 37 points, 11 away from fourth-placed Forfar Atheltic but with a game in hand.
Ninth-placed East Fife will be no push-overs however. Billy Brown’s side are eager to move away from the relegation play-off place and close the gap on Stranraer, who lie five points above them.
Scott Buist will be back in the team and Warriors staff are also hopeful that Kevin McKinlay will be fit.