Time to build up a winning momentum

20-12-2014 Picture Roberto Cavieres. SFFH_   3 p.m. ko  STENHOUSEMUIR. Gladstone Road, FK5 4QL. Ochilview. Stenhousemuir v Brechin City. Enough!!! Referee sends home manager off

20-12-2014 Picture Roberto Cavieres. SFFH_ 3 p.m. ko STENHOUSEMUIR. Gladstone Road, FK5 4QL. Ochilview. Stenhousemuir v Brechin City. Enough!!! Referee sends home manager off

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It’s been the story of Stenhousemuir’s season. Whenever something has gone right, something inevitably follows on and goes horribly wrong.

And so it was on Saturday. Just as Bryan Hodge was on his way back to make a key contribution in the centre of midfield, Scott Booth was made to do without his captain Ross McMillan.

The defender will now miss the tricky trip to Stranraer – Scotland’s in-form team – who defeated Dunfermline at East End Park last weekend.

The importance of setting up a consistent run of games – like the southern side have done in their incredible run under Stevie Aitken – is not lost in the Ochilview dressing room and the returning Hodge.

The 27-year-old told Heraldsport: “we have improved performance wise and a couple of back-to-back wins would give us momentum.

“I’ve had heel and shoulder injuries and Saturday was my second game back so it’s disappointing not to have contributed as much as I’d have liked.

“We played well, but I’d rather play terribly and get a 1 – 0 win.”

Anything other than a defeat would be a decent return from the trip to Stair Park this weekend, especially for a team without their first choice central defensive pairing, and potentially without their boss.

Scott Booth was sent to the stand for the second time this season and feels this too is just another example of the Warriors bad luck.

“There is a lot of shouting goes on in both dugouts,” the manager grinned, “I only spoke twice, but it seems I’m always the one that’s heard and that’s how it is.”

He added: “Ross Meechan was excellent (when he came in to cover for McMillan) and Colin (McMenamin) gave them a lot of trouble getting down the sides.

“You learn in adversity though and I think everyone watching the game could see a squad of players all working hard and playing for each other.”

“We need to win some games soon though.”