Warriors aim to tighten grip on play-off place

Andy Rodgers was on target as Stenhousemuir returned to winning ways
Andy Rodgers was on target as Stenhousemuir returned to winning ways

Stenhousemuir hitman Andy Rodgers is desperate for another victory this weekend to keep up the club’s promotion push.

The Warriors face Dumbarton at Ochilview this Saturday knowing that a slip-up could drag them further into a mid-table dogfight.

With both sides currently sitting on 28 points, and with East Fife just two points behind, the battle to maintain a play-off position is hotting up.

Before Christmas it looked like Stenhousemuir would be part of a three-horse race for the title along with Arbroath and Cowdenbeath, but a miserable start to the new year has led to the men in maroon now lying 13 points adrift of top place.

Stenhousemuir finally returned to winning ways two weeks ago with a 1-0 win against the Fifers, a result that Rodgers described as “badly needed”.

The striker hit another spectacular winning goal that day, and he told Heraldsport that he would be doing his utmost to ensure another victory.

“We’ve been dragged right back down into it,” he said.

“There’s a few teams biting at our heels, so it’s crucial that we can start winning games again and hopefully go on a winning run.

“We weren’t at our best against East Fife it was important just to get the win.

“We’re entering a crucial part of the season now and every point is an important one.

“If we can get another win against Dumbarton then we’ll open a gap and really put ourselves in the driving seat for at least a play-off place.

Rodgers is likely to lead the line on Saturday after recovering from an ankle knock picked up against East Fife.

He was part of the Stenhousemuir team that took part in a bounce game on Tuesday evening.

Marytn Corrigan’s season is over however, and Stevie Murray will be out for at least another three-four weeks after suffering shoulder damage.