TAM WINS PLAYER OF THE MONTH
The Warriors have been recognised for our good form in January, by receiving a cinch League 2 award for the month.
Striker Tam Orr has picked up the Player of the Month award.
Despite a few tough results in January, Stenhousemuir are in the form team in the league taking 12 points from the last 18 possible.
Tam has been a catalyst in that run of form with 5 goals in 4 games taking his total for the Season to 14.
He’s also 2nd in the League 2 scorer charts behind Kelty’s Nathan Austin.
Congratulations to Tam on his award.
ANNAN ATHLETIC vs STENHOUSEMUIR
The Warriors continued their winning ways against Annan with a 2-0 victory at a very wet and windy Galabank.
Annan started off strong and Stenhousemuir struggled to get the game under control. It took the visitors a good 13 minutes before their first free-flowing attacking move of the match, although they failed to test Fleming in the home goals.
The Warriors then spent next 10 minutes causing their own problems as they struggled to pass the ball out from the back, gave away some silly free kicks, but ultimately the defence stood tall and Annan struggled to break down the stubborn wall.
Sean Crighton then set up the next Stenhousemuir attack with a simple ball over the top. Tam Orr was the target and controlled the ball perfectly before turning, driving forward and getting his shot away, though Fleming was untroubled.
Annan had a strong penalty appeal on 26 minutes minutes as, it looked like, Tony Wallace felt he was fouled in the box. The Ref wasn’t interested though and waved away the penalty claims.
GOAL: Before today’s match, Tam Orr had scored all of The Warriors previous 5 goals and he made that 6 on 31 minutes. It has to go down as a keeper error as his shot seemed to be under control, but ended up in the other corner of the goal. They all count though and Tam picked up his 14th goal of the season and moves up to 2nd in the league scorer chart. Annan Athletic 0-1 Stenhousemuir [31 minutes]
There wasn’t much action after the goal, but Annan continued to push for an equaliser, but aside from a 2 saves by Urminsky, the big Slovakian wasn’t tested much.
HALF TIME: ANNAN ATHLETIC 0-2 STENHOUSEMUIR
Annan started the 2nd half on the front foot and picked up a few corners inside the first 5 minutes.
GOAL: Mikey Anderson’s long throws were causing issues, and one in particular was headed out by Swinglehurst for a corner. The corner was swung in and ended up with O’Reilly, his floated cross was met by Nicky Jamieson who powered home a header from close range. Annan Athletic 0-2 Stenhousemuir [55 minutes]
It wasn’t long before Annan had their next attempt. A deep cross was met in the box, but the header was plucked out of the air by Peter Urminsky who was at full stretch to pull it out of the sky.
Annan continued the pressure, but again failed to cause any issues as the Warrior’s Wall stood firm. Nicky Jamieson was on the receiving end of a very rough tackle by Moxon. The referee judged it to be a yellow card offence, but I don’t think the talented midfielder could’ve complained if the punishment was more severe.
Annan were throwing everything at The Warriors in an attempt to get back into the game. Their next attack seemed to be saved by Urminsky, and although the ball got past the big Slovakian, Callum Yeats was there to complete the clearance off the line.
SUBSTITUTION: Big Thomo was replaced by Daz Christie as Frazer Wright looked to freshen up his pack. [74 minutes]
Chances came few and far between as The Warriors looked to hold onto their lead.
SUBSTITUTION: Tam Orr seemed to have picked up a knock at some point and his afternoon was over. He hobbled off and was replaced by Ross Forbes. [86 minutes]
PENALTY: As Annan were desperate to get back into the match, they were driven into the box. Michael Anderson looked to have gotten on the wrong side of the attacker and his foul resulted in a penalty to the home side.
SAVED: For the second weekend in a row, The Warriors’ fans witnessed a penalty save. This time, it was Peter Urminsky, who has a fantastic recored at saving penalties, made the block with his leg. Fantastic save by the big man to preserve a well deserved clean sheet.
FULL TIME: ANNAN ATHLETIC 0-2 STENHOUSEMUIR
|Wallace [90′]||Pens Missed|
|4||Shots on Target||2|
WARRIORS HAVE A FREE WEEK
For the 2nd time in four weeks, The Warriors have a free weekend as our scheduled opponents are on cup duty.
This time, it was Kelty Hearts that were due to visit Ochilview. However, having disposed of cup holders St Johnstone in the previous round, Kelty now face an away tie with St Mirren.
This means that our next fixture is on January 26th where we make the long trip south to Stair Park to play Stranraer.
STENHOUSEMUIR WINS SFSA AWARD
The Warriors had even more to celebrate this weekend when we were awarded the Community Orientated Club of the Year by the Scottish Football Supporters Association.
This was a brand new award for this year, the Warriors have drawn attention from across the country for our community-centred ethos which has led various support initiatives!
We’d like to say many thanks to all our volunteers who give up countless numbers of hours every single week to support the Club, and our community.
If you are aged 12-16 Year Old and looking to play under the flood lights, get yourself and friends along to Ochilview on a Sunday evening at 6pm to enjoy FREE FOOTBALL, thanks to Carron Bathrooms and The National Lottery
Venue: Ochilview Park
Start Date: Sunday 23rd January
End Date: Sunday 27th March
Cost: Register for free on arrival
19 Feb vs Stranraer [away]
26 Feb vs Forfar Athletic [home]
2 Mar vs Edinburgh City [away]
5 Mar vs Stirling Albion [away]
8 Mar vs Kelty Hearts [home]
12 Mar vs Edinburgh City [home]
Keep an eye on our socials for tickets, PPV and match details.
If you’d like to keep up to date on our player’s stats, you can visit our stats page HERE.
GREENOCK MORTON 1-1 STENHOUSEMUIR LADIES
Our Ladies team played their penultimate match before the League splits last weekend against Morton, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Suzanne Wyatt picked up The Warriors goal, which continues her impressive start to her Stenhousemuir career with 8 gaols and 4 assists in only 5 games!
The Warrriors now look forward to their final home game before the split, against United Glasgow on Sunday 20th February.
African Cup of Nations: Senegal wins first ever title after beating Egypt 4-2 on penalties in final
Senegal have won the African Cup of Nations for the first time, beating Egypt on penalties after a goalless draw.
It fell to Liverpool star Sadio Mane, who had missed a penalty given in the sixth minute of the game, to seal the win for Senegal with the final kick of the tournament.
Both teams had struggled to show much attacking prowess throughout the tournament, despite being headlined by Liverpool forwards Sadio Mane for Senegal and Mohamed Salah for Egypt.
Cameroon hosted Africa’s flagship football tournament for the first time in 50 years.
Sporting and Real Betis hit with UEFA bans as governing body cracks down on Financial Fair Play
Spanish side Real Betis and Portuguese giants Sporting have been excluded from UEFA competitions as the governing body cracks down on Financial Fair Play.
As things stand the two clubs will not be allowed to compete in the Champions League, Europa League or Conference League should they qualify in any of the next three seasons.
With the Covid–19 pandemic hitting football hard, UEFA has allowed clubs more leeway in complying with FFP regulations.
However, the body will crack down hard on “overdue payables” such as salary due to players or transfer fees due to clubs.
Both sides were hammered for breaching that regulation at the end of last year but lodged appeals with the Club Financial Control Body.