Is defeat on Saturday the end of the world?

Eric Paton is the latest name on the Warriors injury list
Eric Paton is the latest name on the Warriors injury list

For some followers of the Mayan calendar, tomorrow is D-Day.

For Stenhousemuir supporters, staff and players, D-day is approaching, but not quite as quickly.

The Warriors sit in mid-table in Division Two, and Kevin McGoldrick says the league is so tight that they are just a few wins away from a promotion play-off challenge, and a couple of defeats from a relegation battle.

“It just proves the competitiveness of this leaguie we’re in.

“We are a really good team, but we have struggled to hit the heights we need and have drawn too many games.

“But a wee run of results – either way – will decide what we do in the second half of the season.

“We have to make sure it’s battling at the top end of the table with a couple of wins, not the other way around.

“Make no mistake though, it will not be easy against East Fife with a very experienced manager in charge.”

That is former Bairns assistant Billy Brown, who has taken over the New Bayview hotseat.

His introduction led them up the table and only two points off Martyn Corrigan’s men.

And though some are expecting the end of the world tomorrow, Kevin McGoldrick can be forgiven for feeling like it with Eric Paton added to the lengthy injury list at Ochilview.

“We’re a different team when he’s available, and we saw a marked improvement when he got back from the last long-term one and now he’s out again.

“That’s bad enough to be losing a player of Eric’s quality but when big Buisty (defender Scot Buist) and John Gemmell are out for two months each as well, it’s really frustrating,

The Warriors have however drafted in goalkeeepr Connor Fairley.

The free agent was recently in Iceland, and played for Airdrie United 12 times last season.

“Connor comes with an excellent pedigree having come through the ranks at Celtic and Hearts – for someone so young his CV is impressive,” McGoldrick explained.

“He also has international experience which is good and played in this league last season with Airdrie.

“He’ll put pressure on Callum Reidford for a place in the first team.”

The 20-year-old is at Ochilview until the end of the season.