Stenny bid for semis in Peterhead clash

Brown Ferguson
Brown Ferguson

Stenhousemuir head north on Saturday to take on fellow League One side Peterhead with a place in the Petrofac Training Cup at stake.

Brown Ferguson’s side have already been to Balmoor once this season, drawing 2-2 on the opening day of the campaign.

On that occasion Stenny were in control and two up when a red card handed the initiative to the Blue Toon and in the end the visitors had to hang on for a point.

The Warriors can take confidence from their display that day, although Ferguson acknowledges that they still face a tough task if they are to make it through to the semis.

He said: “We know Peterhead are a strong team with a lot of quality and it’s a tough place to go.

“But we know what’s at stake. We’re naturally competitive people and we’re one game away from the semi-finals of a national cup competition so while we have to look at the wider picture in terms of our team selection we know this is a great opportunity for us.”

Ferguson doesn’t have his selection problems to seek with Colin McMenamin and Liam Henderson missing through suspension, Alan Smith and Ciaran Summers definitely ruled out through injury and Euan Murray extremely doubtful after coming off last week with a hamstring injury.

The Warriors boss was pleased to see his side end their recent run of defeats with a 2-2 draw against Brechin on Saturday, courtesy of Carlos Mazana’s last minute leveller.

Ferguson admitted: “There were mixed emotions at the end. We looked comfortable at a goal up and should have gone on to win the game form there.

“But after going behind we did really well to come back and Carlos’s finish to get us a point was something special.

“I was really pleased with the way we played and I thought they players were back to their best.

“We were really positive and there was a freedom in their play and it was good to see that again.

“I was really pleased with the work rate. In the second half we looked in control and comfortable on the ball but we allowed Brechin back into the game.

“The work rate of the team and their attitude and application hasn’t been called into question until the Albion Rovers game the week before when it was for the first time.

“To go 2-1 down so quickly when they were in cotrol of the game was a big slap in the face but they showed great composure to come back.”