Stenhousemuir's play-off chase still has legs after picking up six points from nine

Stenhousemuir are still in with a chance of making the League 2 play-offs this season after picking up six points from three games in the past seven days.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 12:10 pm
Tommy Muir has scored twice in Stenhousemuir's last two games including a penalty against Queen's Park (Pics: Scott Louden)

The Warriors recorded wins over Cowdenbeath and Elgin City either side of a defeat to league leaders Queen’s Park to propel themselves back to within touching distance of the top four.

A triple header of home fixtures kick off last Thursday with the visit of the Blue Brazil to Ochilview.

Callum Yeats netted his first goal for the Warriors five minutes after half time to secure a 1-0 win and an important three points.

Thomas Halleran in action for Stenny in their 3-1 defeat to Queen's Park last Saturday

Next up were Queen’s Park, still unbeaten in the league this season.

The Spiders struck early through Simon Murray before Bob McHugh doubled their advantage as they went in to half time 2-0 up.

Peter Grant was sent off just one minute in to the second half to give Stenny a lifeline but Louis Longridge was able to make it 3-0 just minutes later.

Tommy Muir netted a consolation on 69 minutes but the Warriors couldn’t mount a comeback.

Callum Tapping in action for Stenny in their 3-1 defeat to Queen's Park last Saturday

That result put all the pressure on Tuesday night and the visit of Elgin City to Ochilview.

The Moray outfit are one of the sides currently competing for the play-offs and a win was all but essential for Stenny.

After a goalless first half they took the lead through Tommy Muir on 47 minutes before Botti Biabi sealed a 2-0 win five minutes before the end.

That result brought the Warriors to within six points of Elgin, who currently occupy fourth spot, but also leaves them just three points behind fifth placed Stranraer who they face on Thursday, April 16, at Stair Park.

This will be their penultimate league fixture before the table splits in to the top and bottom half.

The Blues currently have a better goal difference by six so Stenny will likely need a win tonight and to better Stranraer’s result on Tuesday when they take on Annan athletic at Galabank and Stranraer are at Albion Rovers.

"It was really important that we kept the season alive,” said Stenny manager Davie Irons after the win over Elgin.

"We showed real courage and determination to make sure we got a result.

"Managers can be greedy at times, wanting to win every game, but Queen's Park are unbeaten this season so we knew that was a tough ask.

"I was disappointed we didn't get a bit closer, I didn't think there were three goals in it but we more than made up for it against Elgin.

"We were a bit disappointed to hear Stranraer won but it didn't change anything.

"We know we have to go there and win, it will be a tough game as they are a well organised and it's a difficult place to go at the best of times.

"We know what we have to do though, we have to go there and win the game.

"We know it's still not entirely in our hands, if we beat them we still need to better their result at Albion when we play Annan.

"It's a lot to ask but we’re for the challenge and will take it one step at a time, I have a lot of admiration for the way our boys have gone about their business the past few weeks."