Warriors remain confident despite Rovers defeat

Andy Rodgers is looking forward to facing East Fife
Andy Rodgers is looking forward to facing East Fife

Stenhousemuir striker Andy Rodgers says that Saturday’s game with East Fife is the “biggest of the season” in the battle to secure a play-off place.

As the Second Division promotion race enters the home straight, four teams are left battling it out for fourth place.

With Cowdenbeath and Arbroath having all but clinched the top two, and Dumbarton enjoying a four-point advantage in third, it’s looking increasingly likely that Stenhousemuir will have to overcome East Fife if they are to claim a coveted play-off spot.

The two teams meet this Saturday in Methill, and Rodgers (left) is under no illusions about the task he and his team mates face.

“It’s a massive game. Probably the biggest of the season,” he told Heraldsport.

“We’ve made it tough for ourselves after losing to Albion Rovers last week, but we’re still confident we can do the business.

“We’ve played well every time we’ve faced East Fife so far this season. We know we are capable of beating anyone in this league, but it’s defeats against the bottom clubs that has dragged us into this fight.”

Rodgers is right. Since the new year, Stenny have lost to Stirling Albion once and Albion Rovers twice.

But their playoff fate remains - just - in their own hands.

Ex-Morton winger Sean Fitzharris remains in contention for a starting place despite picking up a knock last week. Brown Ferguson returned to training on Tuesday but is unlikely to start against the Fifers.