Warriors must turn one point into three and make play-offs

Pic Lisa McPhillips 01/03/2014'Scottish League 1 - Stenhousemuir FC v Forfar Athletic FC'Ochilview, Stenhousemuir'Stenhousemuir Bryan Hodge and Forfar Dale Hilson
Pic Lisa McPhillips 01/03/2014'Scottish League 1 - Stenhousemuir FC v Forfar Athletic FC'Ochilview, Stenhousemuir'Stenhousemuir Bryan Hodge and Forfar Dale Hilson

Scott Booth was happy with Stenhousemuir taking a point from Stranraer, but he’d much rather it had been three.

The Warriors boss knows that a tough game at Ayr United lies in store on Saturday, but it’s one which could propel his side into real play-off contention.

The Somerset Park club are in the final play-off spot which the Warriors covet and an early goal is what Booth believes is the key to his side’s success.

“We have proven we can hang in during games and score late goals - that’s a good thing.

“But I want these goals to be winning ones, not equalisers. Really, with the games running out they need to be at this stage.

“After falling behind early on at Stranraer we played well after an even first half but we were perhaps a bit too frantic as the game wore on and lacked composure – but we got the goal in the end and it was a great strike from David (Rowson).

“We had plenty of opportunities, and superior ball-time and need to convert that into goals.

“It was frustrating but the lads showed a lot of commitment and the ability to keep going.”

They must keep going at Ayr on Saturday, but confidence can be taken from the result in Stranraer who are a place above the Honest Men in League One.

Bryan Hodge will be assessed at Ochilview tonight after pulling out in Saturday’s warm-up.

“Bryan was a big miss and it wasn’t the perfect start for us with his change and then the early goal. He didn’t train with us on Monday and Eddie Malone also has a niggle.

“Ayr are quite formidable at home and have good quality, but it’s a game we really need to win to put pressure on.

“We need to get that first goal early or get the winner later on rather than getting frantic.”