Warriors set for six-point test

10/12/11. John Devlin. STENHOUSEMUIR. Ochilview. Stenhousemuir v Airdrie United.
10/12/11. John Devlin. STENHOUSEMUIR. Ochilview. Stenhousemuir v Airdrie United.

STENHOUSEMUIR are preparing for their “biggest game of the season” against league leaders Cowdenbeath.

The Boxing Day clash at Ochilview will pit first against third, and a win for the Warriors would narrow the gap between the sides to just one point in the battle for the Division Two championship.

Wingman - and fan’s favourite - Stevie Murray told Heraldsport that the players were well aware of the importance of the festive fixture which should attract a bumper crowd.

“It’s our biggest game of the season and one that we’re all looking forward to,” he said.

“It’s a real old fashioned six-pointer. If we win we would move to within one point of them.

“Cowdie usually bring a decent away support and I’m hoping that more of our fans come along as well, a big crowd always gives you a boost.”

Honours are even in league encounters so far this season with Stenhousemuir notching up a 3-1 in in August against the Fife side before losing 2-0 in the return fixture at Central Park.

That later game in November was described at the time as being Stenny’s poorest performance of the season, but Murray insists that boss Davie Irons won’t be changing too much in terms of tactics this time round.

“We play slightly different away from home than we do at home,” he said.

“We’re more open when we play at Ochilview and are capable of opening up any team.”

Assistant boss Kevin McGoldrick said that the return of central defender Ross McMillan would make the biggest difference.

“Ross had to call off at the last minute before we played Cowdenbeath due to personal reasons, but he’ll be back this time. He’s been probably our player of the season so far, he’s a massive player for us,” he said.

Stenhousemuir played Falkirk in a bounce game at Ochilview on Tuesday night, which the Bairns won 1-0. The Warriors will train again on Thursday before being given three days off for Christmas.

But McGoldrick has no worries about his players over indulging.

“We have an experienced squad of players - they know how to look after themselves,” he added.