Stenhousemuir and Ayr United locked in play-off battle

Stenhousemuir and Ayr United are battling to avoid the League One play-off place. Picture: Alan Murray
Stenhousemuir and Ayr United are battling to avoid the League One play-off place. Picture: Alan Murray

“Too little, too late,” was Brown Ferguson’s reaction to Stenhousemuir’s improved second half performance at Stair Park.

“The qualities we showed the later period are the kind required,” he said. “But we didn’t step as a team well enough.

I don’t know if they want to give it to us or we want to give it to them

Brown Ferguson

“But the strange thing is we’ve come in at the end of the game and we’ve jumped a place in the table.”

Despite having lost their previous five games, Stenhousemuir now lie eighth in the League One table, ahead of Aye United on goal difference, with just two matches remaining.

If the Warriors can keep their head above the Honest Men, the club will able to write this season off and start afresh in the summer.

However, a play-off against one of the form teams in League Two remains a distinct possibility.

This Saturday, Stenhousemuir host promotion-chasing Brechin City at Ochilview while Ayr take on the already relegated Stirling Albion.

“I don’t know if they want to give it to us or we want to give it to them,” said Ferguson, regarding the tussle with Ayr.

“But the fact is we’ve come in after two tough away games at Morton and Stranraer and we’ve jumped a place.

“The players have got to believe that the quality they shown in the last 25 minutes, if we do that on a consistent basis, I believe we’ll stay in this division.”