Stenhousemuir welcome Edinburgh City to Ochilview in what will be one of the most important matches of the season so far.
The Citizens sit 1 place above the Warriors, in the final playoff position. A win for the home side will see up leapfrog the Capital side and put us in pole position for that 4th place finish.
Although our head to head record against Edinburgh is strong, The Warriors have only managed to pick up 2 victories in the last 10 meetings and only 1 in the last 5.
The three previous meetings this season have seen a win for Edinburgh, and two draws. And with both teams on good form, it’s vital that The Warriors end this game with 3 points and a place in the playoff positions.
The Warriors almost made it 7 undefeated on Tuesday night if not for a very late Kelty winner. Warriors TV caught up with manager Stephen Swift this week on how the players are feeling after such heartbreak.
“Obviously on Tuesday night, it was real disappointment but I thought the boys were terrific. For 91 minutes, we gave everything to the cause, tactically, commitment, attitude, togetherness. Everyone was on it. There were a lot of positives, and the boys know it. What we’ve got to do now is take everything that we’ve been doing for the last month or so and take it into tomorrow because, at the end of the day, they’re a quality side and it could’ve went either way. On another night, we take our chances and could’ve won. Unfortunately, they showed a bit of quality at the end, and we’ve got to take that on the chin.”
One player that’s missed the last 2 matches is Peter Urminsky who has sat on St Mirren’s bench for their games against Ross County and Dundee. Div Wilson has stepped up and played well, conceding once in the 2 games. We asked Swifty if he now has a goalkeeping headache.
“Big Peter coming back is great because we need good goalies. It’s a headache that I welcome because you need competition there and people can rest on their laurels and be complacent. I think Div’s done terrific and I think he’s a terrific young goalkeeper, but we did bring Peter in for a bit of experience and a bit of presence and he gives us that. It’s a decision that needs to be made, but we’ll really welcome Peter’s return.”
Edinburgh City make the trip to Ochilview being no strangers to The Warriors with the previous meeting just 10 days ago. This makes it easier to know what we’re up against, but Edinburgh will be the same, surely there’s no secrets between the teams now.
“This is the 4th time we’ve played them. Between most teams in the league, there’s not too many secrets, but we feel that we’ve got a few things up our sleeve and a game plan that we can go and implement and hopefully we can go and hurt them. Unfortunately, Euan is still struggling with the impact injury that he picked up last week and he won’t be available.”
Match Entry: Both home and away fans can enter via pay at the gate [cash] or you can purchase your ticket in advance by using Fanbase. Adult admission costing £14, concessions £9 and under 16’s just £5.
Getting Here: Click here for details of how to get to Ochilview by car or train.
Season Card Holders: Season Tickets are valid for this match. The ticket number will be displayed beside the turnstiles.
The Pie Hut: Food and drinks will be available to be purchased once again from the Pie Hut.
The Wee Bar: The Wee Bar is open from 12pm with all fans welcome.
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.
Matchday Programme: The matchday programme is available via donation on entry to the ground.