Stenhousemuir ready to kick-off their pre-season with Craigroyston friendly match

Martyn Corrigan.
Martyn Corrigan.

East of Scotland League side Craigroyston will be the first visitors to Ochilview in the 2013/14 season when they arrive for a friendly match on Saturday.

The Edinburgh club will certainly not be push-overs, having clinched the first division title last season to gain promotion to the league’s premier division.

Stenhousemuir’s own Craig Anderson spent the final weeks of the season on loan at the Warriston-based side and has told his Warriors team mates they can expect a tough game.

That’s exactly the kind of challenge that boss Martyn Corrigan was aiming for as he looks to prepare his team for what he has previously claimed will be the toughest league in Scotland, as full-timers Rangers and Dunfermline Athletic both join the Second Division fray.

“We started pre-season training before nearly every other club in the country,” he told Heraldsport. “We’ve already done a lot of fitness work, and we’ve moved onto a lot of game-related routines now.

“What’s important now is that we getting games again, getting the players used to being back playing football.

“Craigroyston are a decent side, Craig Anderson was with them last season and came away with a league winners medal.

“I’ll be hoping to make a lot of changes during the game, to give the a lot of players the chance to get back out on the park.

Assistant manager Kevin McGoldrick added: “We were in early for two weeks of hard work before we started the team structure work in games.

“This week is the first friendly and it comes exactly a month before our first competitive one.”