Stenhousemuir boss Brown Ferguson enjoyed some derby delight on Saturday as his side opened their campaign with victory over local rivals East Stirlingshire.
The Warriors manager fielded seven debutants and was happy with they way they acquitted themselves in the Petrofac Training Cup first round encounter.
He said: “East Stirling made us work and we had to battle after losing the first goal to get in front and then scored a fantastic third goal.
“They got one back and pegged us back for the last 15 minutes so we had to dig in but we managed to do that, So there was a lot to be pleased about but also a number of things we still have to work on.”
One of the new boys, midfielder Stephen Stirling, grabbed two of Stenny’s goals and the Stenny boss is hoping to continue spreading goals around the team rather than relying solely on his strikers.
He said: “We looked at the midfield area in terms of goals and Steph scored in our friendly against Dumbarton as well as getting two against East Stirling.
“The hope is that he and the other midfield players can contribute their share of goals during the season,”
This Saturday Stirling heads back to his former club Stranraer who provide the opposition in the first round of the League Cup - with Ferguson expecting a tough test for his new-look side.
He said: “I don’t expect us to get as much time on the ball as we got against East Stirling so it will be a very demanding one for us.
“But we’re looking forward to it and it will be another step up as we build up to the start of the league.”
Stenny have at least one more cup tie to look forward to in the coming weeks following their win over East Stirling after Monday’s draw for the second round of the Petrofac Training Cup handed them a home match with Raith Rovers.
The Fifers will be favourites for that one, but Ferguson believes Stenny can give a good account of themselves against the side who won the trophy two seasons ago.
He said: “I am really pleased with the draw. Raith play in the division above us and will be looking to get through to the next round but it’s a home tie and it’s one we’re looking forward to.
“We still have a couple of weeks to step things up and I believe it’s a game we can go into with confidence.”