2 in, 2 out
As the transfer window was coming to a close, Stephen Swift made some squad movements;
Nicky has seen the season on loan from League One side Alloa Athletic this season and has agreed to commit his future to the club by signing an 18 month contract.
Nicky has been a colossus at the back for The Warriors this season and only Ross Lyon has been given more game time than the big centre half. The big man has even chipped in with a few goals too!
As well as Nicky joining on a permanent deal, the club has also signed 6ft 5?, Slovakian goalkeeper Peter Urminský on loan from St Mirren for the rest of the season.
Peter, 22, started his career at Spartak Trnva before joining Tren?ín on loan. He then moved to Scotland to join St Mirren in 2020, whilst joining Ayr United on loan for the season.
He made a big impact on St Mirren B’s SPFL Trust Trophy victory against Kelty Hearts by saving all three penalties to ensure his team’s progression.
We’re excited to welcome Peter to the club and look forward to seeing the big man in action following his debut against Elgin City.
Another new face in, was an old face! Left Back Callum Yeats spent time with The Warriors last season with 19 appearances and found the net once, and assisted in another.
‘Scholsey’ was fondly remembered at the club, at’s great to see the wee man back in maroon.
He made an impressive 2nd debut at the weekend against Elgin City and we look forward to seeing him make an impact as we head towards the season climax.
RT was one of two players to leave the club this week.
Ryan joined the club in the summer from BSC Glasgow and went on to make 14 appearances for The Warriors, including 2 starts. The striker netted once and also chipped in with an assist.
Ryan was released from his contract and has since returned to BSC Glasgow and we hope he goes on to have a great season.
BJ was another fresh face in the summer, joining from Forfar. The defender featured primarily at left back and started 12 games with another 5 appearances off the bench. He assisted in 2 goals during his time at the club.
We’d like to thank both players for their time at the club this season and wish them all the best for the rest of this season, and beyond.
STENHOUSEMUIR vs ELGIN CITY
The Warriors lined up with Peter Urminsky makings debut, Callum Yeats making his second debut and Robert Thomson making his long awaited return from injury.
Despite missing the game through illness, Stephen Swift reverted to a back 4, consisting of Yeats, Crighton, Tapping and Corbett. Wedderburn, Miller and Anderson made up a midfield three with Euan O’Reilly playing just behind Tam Orr and Robert Thomson.
The weather may have caused havoc across Scotland, but there was never any danger of the game being in doubt despite some strong winds. Both teams started trying to keep the ball on deck, Elgin with the wind behind them in the first half.
GOAL! It was the perfect start for The Warriors as Tam Orr scored his 12th goal of season inside just 4 minutes. Robert Thomson gave the perfect flick on and Tam Orr was through between two defenders and slipped it past the on rushing keeper. STENOUSEMUIR 1-0 ELGIN CITY [4 minutes].
GOAL! Stenhousemuir doubled their lead in 13 minutes. Mikey Anderson showed good strength to travel forward. His lay off to Tam Orr was perfect and the striker made no mistake, firing into the far corner for his second. STENHOUSEMUIR 2-0 ELGIN CITY [13 minutes].
Elgin City had their first shot in target in the 19th minute, Peter Urminsky held it easily. Warriors quickly broke forward with Euan O’Reilly, but his shot was tame and wet well wide.
Stenhousemuir were looking comfortable across the park with Nat and Mikey Miller running the midfield and the back four looking very confident.
The Warriors were growing in confidence as the match progressed. Mikey Anderson and Euan O’Reilly showing some good skill with Thomo and Tam Orr holding the ball up well.
Robert Thomson had his first shot of the match in 26th minute with a speculative bicycle kick attempt.
SUB: Elgin City were soon after forced into their first change of the match with Euan Spark hobbling off injured, being replaced by Josh Peters. [31 minutes]
Stenhousemuir were battling away and nearly had another good chance with Thomo trying to play in Mikey Miller, but his pass had too much o it and rolled through to the keeper.
Tam Orr was next to have a shot in attempt to claim a first half hatrick. A driven run forward by Corbett found Tam Orr and his cut inside was wildly over.
GOAL: A neat through ball by Omar was played through to Kane Hester and the on-form striker netted neatly passed Urminksy to bring Elgin right back into the game. STENHOUSEMUIR 2-1 ELGIN CITY [37 minutes]
Elgin almost equalised shortly after, but a smart save by Urminsky at the near post keep The Warriors ahead.
The goal definitely has given Elgin a boost and The Warriors need to get this game back under control.
The Warriors did push forward before the end of the half. Tam Orr setting up Robert Thomson with his shot going over the bar.
HALF TIME: STENHOUSEMUIR 2-1 ELGIN CITY
Neither side made any half time changes and the half started with some pressure from Elgin with The Warriors happy to gift possession across the Elgin defence.
The first proper chance of the half fell to the home side. A deep cross by Mikey Anderson was heading on goal by Thomo but the big striker’s header was held by McHale in the Elgin goals.
Stenhousemuir held possession and played some nice passes and it was Mikey Anderson the next to have a go. His 25 yard shot was saved rather awkwardly by McHale.
The Warriors continued the pressure and a deep free kick was cleared only to Mikey Miller. His drive from the edge of the box was well saved by McHale, forcing a home corner.
Events were few and far between in the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half. Tam Orr did have a half-hearted penalty appeal, but as he clutched the ball on the ground, the ref blew in favour of the away team.
SUBSTITUTION: Robert Thomon’s afternoon was over and it was good to get over 60 minutes form the big striker. He was replaced by Daz Christie. [64 minutes]
BOOKING: Shortly after, Euan O’Reilly was bursting through but was cynically fouled by , resulting in the Elgin defender being. the first into the referees notebook
Stenhousemuir had a stronger penalty claim mon 65 minutes with O’Reilly being tackled in the box. The tackle was deemed to be fair resulting in only a corner, which was too deep to cause problems.
Straight up the other end and new boy Callum Yeats produced a perfect challenge inside the box, resulting in a corner for the away side.
SUBSTITUTION: Elgin made their second change of the match as El-Zubaidi was replaced by Hanratty.
Warriors almost made it 3 seconds later. A Daz Christie cross was met by Tam Orr. It looked like a hatrick was on the cards if not for a world class save by McHale.
RED CARD: The resultant corner came in and Jordan Tapping appeared t have his arm around Omar’s neck as they tussled in the box. The near side assistant called the referee over, resulting in a straight red card for the defender. [71 minutes]
SUBSTITUTION: Omar’s tussle with Tapping was the last action for him as he was replaced by McHardy [74 minutes]
PENALTY: Some amazing footwork by Mikey Miller saw him fouled inside the box, penalty to The Warriors with Tam Orr looking for that hatrick… [80 minutes]
MISSED: The keeper guessed right and saved the penalty and Tam Orr’s follow up. Nat Wedderburn then fired his shot wide.
SUBSTITUTION: Tam’s penalty miss was the last action his game and he’s replaced by Ross Forbes who takes up a lone striker position [82 minutes]
The Warriors managed to weather the storm and avoid another last minute equaliser.
FULL TIME: STENHOUSEMUIR 2-1 ELGIN CITY
ANNAN ATHLETIC vs STENHOUSEMUIR
Next up for The Warriors is a trip down the M74 to on form Annan Athletic.
Annan have been on good form as of late, undefeated in their last 11 matches including a 5-1 demolition of Kelty Hearts. The last team to beat them though, was Stenhousemuir and The Warriors will look for back to back victories and haven’t lost an away match since our visit to Kelty back in November.
History in this fixture has been favourable to The Warriors. With 9 victories from the 23 competitive matches and undefeated in the last 3.
Nicky Jamieson and Ross Lyon should both be in contention for returns this week. One player that will miss out is Jordan Tapping, who begins a suspension for his red card last week.
Match Entry: Tickets can be purchased via the FanBase App
Live Stream: If you can’t make the match, you can watch the match live via Annan’s PPV service.
Getting Here: Click here for details of how to get to Galabank by car or train.
Supporter’s Bus: We are running a bus to Annan and you can contact Andy McPhate on Twitter for availability.
Face Coverings: Face coverings are not mandatory inside the ground but fans are encouraged to continue to wear these. Masks should be worn when moving around the ground.
Covid Secure: Please ensure that you are following all safety guidance when visiting the ground. If you’re feeling unwell or are showing symptoms, please do not attend. We also recommend that you take a Lateral Flow Test before attending any crowded places.
With Kelty’s progression in the Scottish Cup, we’re left with another blank weekend, with the match being rescheduled for Tuesday 8th March, with a 7.30pm kick off.
That leaves us with 3 fixtures in February;
5 Feb vs Annan Athletic [away]
19 Feb vs Stranraer [away]
26 Feb vs Forfar Athletic [home]
Keep an eye on our socials for tickets, PPV and match details.
WARRIORS JOIN TIKTOK
The Warriors have launched an official account on the ever-growing social media platform, TikTok.
The Club will link up with the popular platform to engage with fans and reach new audiences, particularly with a focus on younger supporters.
Our new account, @stenhousemuirfc, will share behind-the-scenes clips and aims to bring supporters closer to the action in a positive and creative way. The account will also share video content in a unique, fun and engaging way for fans.
TikTok is a video sharing social media platform that is one of the most downloaded apps in the world, and is the leading destination on short-form mobile video content with a mission to inspire creativity and bring joy to its users.
You can follow us on TikTok here.
STENHOUSEMUIR LADIES 2-3 FALKIRK WOMEN
Our Ladies team went down to Falkirk this weekend with Wyatt collecting both goals.
The Warriors remain 10th after the result and are now joined on 15 points with Clyde and Falkirk.
There are only two games reaming before the split;
United Glasgow [home]
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One of the biggest transfers of the window was for all the wrong reasons and left the reputation of Raith Rovers in ruins. Their decision to sign David Goodwillie this week was branded ‘disgusting and despicable’.
On a remarkable day at Stark’s Park, a furious backlash to the signing of the controversial striker led to several key staff and sponsors terminating their association with the club.
The most high profile was Val McDermid, the best-selling Scottish crime writer who had been a lifelong fan and a key financial backer for the Kirkcaldy club.
You can read more HERE.