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Rodgers celebrates a victory with Falkirk back in 2003
Rodgers celebrates a victory with Falkirk back in 2003

Warriors striker Andy Rodgers knows that Falkirk will feel the pressure in Saturday’s derby - because their recent league form has been almost as bad as Stenhousemuir’s.

The Warriors host their near-neighbours at Ochilview for an eagerly awaited Scottish Cup clash, with both clubs looking to get their seasons back on track.

Steven Pressley’s side have won only twice since August, while Stenny have crashed to defeat in three of their last four league games - shipping 13 goals in the process.

Hit-man Rodgers says that both teams will welcome taking a break from league duty.

“Falkirk have struggled a wee bit this season after enjoying a strong campaign last year,” he told Heraldsport.

“Their fans have grown a bit impatient and are demanding results. Falkirk have a lot of young players and I’m sure they’ll be feeling the pressure.

“But we’ve been going through a sticky spell as well, despite staring the season well.

“The game against Alloa last week was as bad as we’ve played all season.

“The gaffer sat us down at training on Tuesday with a replay of the game and pointed out that we had been in control of the game before they scored.

“There’s been too many games when we’ve conceded the first goal and lost our composure.”

Rodgers would love it if Stenhousemuir could return to winning ways against his former club. Being a local lad, he knows only too well how important the derby is to fans and the bragging rights it could secure.

“It’s a massive game for the club and the supporters. It’s been a while since Stenhousemuir last beat Falkirk, so it would great if we could achieve it.”

Rodgers is adamant there is only one way the Warriors can beat Falkirk.

“We need to take the game to them,” he said. “We are not a side that can just sit back and defend. We like to play a passing game and get forward, the same as Falkirk. We need to start the game aggressively and keep up that momentum.”

Entry to Saturday’s game is pay at the gate for Falkirk fans, who will be allocated 2,200 slots in the west terracing - underneath the roof installed after the Bairns used Ochilview after Brockville. Entry costs £15, and £10 for concessions with children £5.

The home section will be ticketed with seats in the main Norway stand costing £15/£10 and the uncovered east section’s standing area entry is £10/£5.