Corrigan urges Stenny stand-ins to stake their claim

Stenhousemuir captain Ross McMillan
Stenhousemuir captain Ross McMillan

An increasing injury list has not dented Martyn Corrigan’s confidence that his team can follow their superb cup comeback against Annan with a victory over Abroath on Saturday.

The Warriors face the Angus side at Ochilview without the services of Sean Higgins, Calum Smith and Bryan Hodge - but are hopeful that star striker John Gemmell will shrug off a knock he picked up in Tuesday night’s thrilling 4-2 extra time victory at Galabank.

Corrigan told Heraldsport he was also waiting for clarification on whether club captain Ross McMillan would be available for selection for the league game, having been sent off for deliberate handball in the cup match.

Regardless of such selection headaches, the Stenny boss is still in upbeat mood after watching his side come back from two goals down against Annan to secure victory and a home tie against Fraserburgh in the fourth round, and was full of praise for the contribution of substitutes Ross McNeil and Brown Ferguson - both of whom are now in contention to start against Arborath.

“I’ve said before that we have real quality throughout the squad,” Corrigan said.

“Ross McNeil told me before he went on that he would get us a goal and that’s exactly what he did.

“We do have a few injuries, but that means it’s an opportunity for other players to come in and stake a claim.”