Stenhousemuir boss Brown Ferguson has expressed his satisfaction following this week’s Petrofac Training Cup draw.
The Warriors will face local rivals East Stirlingshire on Saturday, July 25 in what will be the first competitive game of the new campaign for both sides.
While Stenny fans are used to making ‘landlords versus tenants’ jokes whenever the two sides meet, Ferguson will treat Shire with nothing but respect.
“Both teams will be delighted with the draw,” he told Heraldsport. “You always want a home draw in the cup and both will be able to claim that.
“It’s a good one for the fans, they’re not going to have far to travel. It will definitely be a competitive game.”
The Warriors face Livingston in a friendly at Ochilview on Saturday, and while Ferguson has made no new signings this week, he is hoping to include one or two trialists against the West Lothian side and when Hearts come calling on Monday evening.
Livi are expected field a strong starting XI while the Edinburgh Championship title winners are more likely to field several of their younger players.
Regardless of the line-ups, Ferguson understands the importance of such games to breed familiarity among his players ahead of the new league campaign.
“The new boys can get to know everyone in a match setting,” he said. “It helps build the squad’s fitness, and our overall preparation for the new season.”
Meanwhile, Grado - the wrestler currently starring in BBC One’s River City soap – is the star attraction at Stenhousemuir Family Day at Ochilview on July 12.
As well as the star guest there will be a dog display, gymnastics display, bouncy castles, bungee run, beer tent, music, Central FM outside broadcast, numerous other stalls and a football tournament involving various local teams plus many other attractions.
Supporters will have the opportunity to purchase the kit on the day too.
It runs from 1-5pm.