STENHOUSEMUIR drew 1-1 with Berwick Rangers in a closed-doors friendly at Ochilview on Tuesday night.
New signing Stewart Kean opened the scoring for the Warriors in the first minute with a free kick before Berwick equalised in the second half.
Assistant manager Kevin McGoldrick said the second half wasn’t the best the Warriors have played.
“We have stressed to the guys that can’t happen - we faded.
“We only have one more pre-season game before the season proper, on Saturday against Clyde, then it’s into the cup match with Partick Thistle.
“Some teams use the cup as an extension of pre-season and don’t really worry about it before the league campaign - but we are deadly serious about it and are in it to win it.”
Stenhousemuir are still looking to add one more player to their squad, despite already accruing such impressive names as Martyn Corrigan, Paul McHale and Tuesday night’s goalscorer Kean.
Carlo Monti had been training with the club and featured as a trialist against Annan at the weekend, but he’s unlikely to be snapped up for a second time by boss Davie Irons, who also signed the former Celtic youth for Morton.
McGoldrick says this weekend’s match with Clyde has to be taken seriously as the players’ final chance to stake a claim in the first team for the match at Firhill in ten days’ time.