Warriors out to avoid three in a row

Stenhousemuir boss Brown Ferguson
Stenhousemuir boss Brown Ferguson

Stenhousemuir will be out to avoid an unwanted hat-trick when they take on Brechin City at Ochilview on Saturday.

The Warriors have suffered back to back defeats for the first time this season after losing at Albion Rovers.

And they’re keen to get back on track against a Brechin side who, surprisingly to many, are sitting bottom of the League One table.

Stenny boss Brown Ferguson is hopeful his side can get back to winning ways after their losses at the hands of Dunfermline and Albion Rovers, but is wary of the threat posed by a Brechin side he believes are a better team than their league position suggests.

He said: “They had a disastrous start to the season, losing their first eight games, but they are going through a transition period.

“They were always going to turn it round and they come into this game after back to back wins.

“But if we can get a win on Saturday it will put us on what I think is a really good points tally for the first quarter of the season.”

Ferguson had been hoping his side would bounce back from the Dunfermline defeat as they have on previous occasions this season after heavy losses, but his side were two down inside an hour at Cliftonhill and then had striker Colin McMenamin red carded.

Ferguson said: “The first half performance was probably as poor a performance as we have had this season.

“We got back into the game in the second period and created three good opportunties but then we had the sending off which had a major impact on the rest of the game.

“But the main problem was that we never gave ourselves a platform to perform in that first half and ended up losing the game because of it.

“We’ve brought 26 new players and six new members of staff and that has given a freshness to the club but it does take time for that number of players to gel and you do get incosistencies in the performances.

“Hopefully as the season goes on the inconsistencies become less and the players have been made aware that the first half on Saturday was not of the standard required.

“It’s hard to out your finger on it but we never played with the same workrate and freedom that we have had since the start of the season.”

Stenny have selection problems up front for Saturday’s game.

McMenamin is missing after incurring a two-game ban following his red card, Ciaran Summers is still out while Allan Smith and Jon McShane may be struggling after knocks kept them out last week.