Ferguson says Stenny spirit is shining through

Stenhousemuir celebrate Jason Scotland's equaliser against Forfar
Stenhousemuir celebrate Jason Scotland's equaliser against Forfar

Stenhousemuir head for bottom side Brechin City on Saturday on the back of yet another dramatic comeback which earned them a point against City’s neighbours Forfar last week.

But even Stenny boss Brown Ferguson admitted that he felt it might have been beyond his players at one point.

In their past six games Stenny have twice come from two down to earn 2-2 draws with two late goals, salvaged another point with an injury time equaliser and fought back from 3-0 down to beat Peterhead.

Against Forfar they were not only two goals down but also a man down after ’keeper Jamie Barclay was red carded in the first half, Forfar taking the lead from the resultant penalty.

The visitors doubled their advantage but a Colin McMenamin goal and a Jason Scotland penalty in the closing 12 minutes rescued a point for the Warriors

Ferguson admitted: “After the mistake that led to their penalty we put them under pressure, but when they came out after the interval and scored the second I can’t say I thought we would get anything.

“These lads are never beaten though, and yet again they showed the character and quality they have to get a point.”

The boss praised 19 year old keeper Sean Robertson who showed no signs of anxiety when he replaced the dismissed Barclay following his red card.

He said: “I want to congratulate young Sean, I am delighted for him. You could see what he has picked up training with us and he started attacks with his intelligent distribution and generally had a fine debut.

“Jason Scotland has been a great signing for us and he remained calm and composed to score the penalty, but nobody should be surprised with the spirit in this team because they show it in every game.”

Scorer McMenamin has been over the course in a long career and after leading the fightback he stressed: “I never felt we were out of it.”

“Everybody involved here knows that there is a great spirit here, from the gaffer and staff through players, fans and the board put in a tremendous amount of work and we all know we are capable of beating anyone on the day.”

“We don’t set any targets, but although it’s a cliché, we take every game as it comes.

“Ayr and Dunfermline have that full time look about them, but there is nothing between the rest and if you go on a run you never know where it will take you.”

Stenny’s run of just one defeat in the last six games has moved them up to fifth - a sequence which began against Saturday’s opponents Brechin when a 90th minute Carlos Mazana goal earned a 2-2 draw at Ochilview at the start of last month.