December is a cold dark month, but it’s been the brightest of Scott Booth’s season so far. in fact the past 30 days have been one of the best periods of Stenhousemuir’s season.
In the aftermath of a good win over Ayr United the manager revealed his satisfaction with his side’s endeavours for the 12th month of 2014.
“Aside from the first half against Morton I think we have been there or thereabouts with the results and performances,” he said.
“This month we’ve played some really good football and we’re starting to get the results now as well.”
That’sseen the Warriors defeat Ayr and leapfrog them in the table, see off Dunfermline but perform, in the manager’s eyes, well against Forfar and for spells against Morton.
“There’s not one day when I can say the players haven’t put everything in, and when they put it together with some good football then we’re a good side,” added Booth, who celebrated his 43rd birthday on Tuesday.
The Warriors though still do not have their problems to seek. Airdrie also won, lifting both the Ochilview and New Broomfield clubs above the Honest Men who disposed of Mark Roberts’ services following the defeat to injury ravaged Stenny.
“Martin Grehan is a few weeks from being back but Stewart Greacen has a problem with his knee and is a little longer - mid to long term.”
However, Bryan Hodge came back into the side and Colin McMenamin continued to deputise for the injured Grehan.
Booth said: “Colin McMenamin is a great professional and a great finisher. He’s looking very confident up front.
Gary Oliver was magnificent too.
Having Bryan Hodge back was a big boost too.”
The praise of Hodge was echoed by his hat-trick scoring striker.
Colin McMenamin added: “Having Bryan Hodge back was good – he’s so comfortable on the ball. Same with Tom Walsh.
“The three points are massive. It was important to get the wins and force our way up the league table.
“It’s Brechin next but they’re all tough matches for us.
“We’ve beaten teams at the top yet lost to Stirling Albion who are on the bottom. It’s one of these leagues.
“You just have to win the game on the day and match up man to man.
“I took the matchball for my wee boy, Jude. He’s always on at me for footballs and he’ll throw it about the house with the rest of them.”