the importance of a positive start to any campaign was clear to see this week as Scotland’s qualification hopes crashed once again in their final match.
Craig Levein’s side paid dearly for their poor form in their early group games and left themselves needing an unlikely win against Spain - which they almost inevitably failed to achieve.
Whilst they won’t have to consider facing a team containing the likes of Xavi or Iniesta at the end of the season, Stenhousemuir’s management team of Davie Irons and Kevin McGoldrick still know all about the benefits of a flying start.
They have regularly reminded their players of the importance of getting as many points on the board as possible in the opening stages of a campaign, and so far it has paid dividends.
The Warriors return to action following the international break with a home game against Dumbarton on Saturday, and McGoldrick will be looking for a win to cement their position as one of the pace-setters in this season’s Division Two.
“It was a familiar situation for Scotland, their last game suddenly became a must-win” he told Heraldsport.
“It’s never a position any team wants to find themselves in. Scotland regularly shoot themselves in the foot by losing games early on in qualifying that they really should be winning.
“It’s always vital that you get a good start to any campaign.”