Time for Stenhousemuir to earn Dunfermline revenge, says Ferguson

Games between Stenhousemuir and Dunfermline Athletic have become known for their drama - and producing heartache for the Warriors. Picture: Alan Murray
Games between Stenhousemuir and Dunfermline Athletic have become known for their drama - and producing heartache for the Warriors. Picture: Alan Murray

Stenhousemuir versus Dunfermline has become one of the most exciting contests in Scottish football in recent times.

Now Brown Ferguson wants Stenhousemuir to ensure they’re the ones smiling come 5 p.m. on Saturday after they facing Dunfermline Athletic at Ochilview.

The Pars have inflicted a series of improbable and painful defeats on the Warriors since their relegation to the third tier.

The stand-out remains an incredible 5-4 win in August 2013 when the Fifers scored three times in the last six minutes, having trailed the home side 4-2.

Ferguson’s first match in charge since replacing Scott Booth in February was another cruel defeat, when Stenny squandered a two goal and went on to lose 3-2 thanks to a 90th minute winner from the Pars’ Andy Barrowman.

“They’ve certainly been exciting games for fans,” said a diplomatic Ferguson. “Both teams like to push forward and the result has been games filled with goals - and I don’t think Saturday will be any different.

“But we’ve proved our resilience in recent weeks, winning seven points from a possible nine. We could have found ourselves in real trouble if we had lost against Straraer, and other results had gone against us.

“Now we’re sitting above Ayr United, and we’re glad to be there. It’s down to us to keep earning results and push ourselves further away from the play-off place.”

Ross McMillan and Bryan Hodge remain injury doubts for Saturday’s game, with Ross Meechan likely to retain his place in defence.

“Ross Meechan was excellent against Ayr United. We were under a lot of pressure at times and he coped it with it well,” added Ferguson.