Stenhousemuir travel to the Southside of Edinburgh this weekend for our first competitive match against Bonnyrigg Rose.

The Rose became the fourth club to be promoted to League Two since the playoff introduction have have taking to life in League Two pretty well.

2 wins and a draw in their first 3 League matches propelled them into 2nd place in the league. However, their form since then has almost been the opposite of our own. Whereas The Warriors have sprung into life since our disappointing 3-1 defeat in Elgin, The Rose have struggled picking up only 3 points form their last 4 league matches.

As usual, the website caught up with Stephen Swift as he prepares to take his team east to face Bonnyrigg.

“We know how tough the venue is, with a tight pitch. Their home record has been extraordinary over the last few years, so we know how tough it’s going to be. We’ve got a certain way and a certain idea on how we want to go and set up and we want to go and hurt them and fingers crossed we can do that.”

It will have been 11 days between matches for The Warriors, and that must be frustrating when we’re on such a good run.

“Ideally, we want to build on that momentum, but it is what it is. Hopefully it’s not taken the stuffing out of us. Sometimes it work for you, sometimes it can work against you and we’ve just got to hope it works for us. We’ve got a really good squad and we hope that the boys can continue from where they’ve left off.

“It’s been a good week. We’ve continued off from where we’ve been and it’s been the exact same setup and the boys have responded well. So hopefully we can go and get the result on Saturday.”

Dan Higgins hobbled off the pitch 31 minutes into our last game, and he looks like the only absentee from the squad for our trip to Bonnyrigg.

“Daniel is probably going to miss Annan as well, but hopefully he gets a week’s training under his belt before Stirling Albion, so that’s the plan. So hopefully his rehab goes on track and he can come back then because he’s done well.”

Although we’ve never played Bonnyrigg, Conor Brennan is well aware of the club having met them last season with East Kilbride. We caught up with the first choice keeper and asked him his thoughts on Saturday’s opponents.

“I’m looking forward to it, I think it will be a competitive game. I was lucky enough to play against Bonnyrigg last season in the Lowland League. They’re a good outfit and there’ll be a big fan base at the game. Obviously back on grass and that’s something that we’re looking forward to and hopefully climb further up the table.”

“We’re unbeaten in four and it’s important that we build on that and start building momentum. Things are now starting to gel and the boys are starting to get to know each other a wee bit more and we’re starting to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. So it’s important that we play on that and get more points on the board.”

“We’ve plenty depth in the squad and everyone’s pushing each other collectively and individually and we’re now coming together and have a good bond. There’s competition for places out there, and I think that’s only healthy.”

Prior to Saturday’s match, Bonnyrigg Primary are holding a bucket collection at NDP to help with the cost of their upcoming camp trip and all donations will be welcome. 

The Supporter’s bus is also available for Saturday. leaving Ochilview at 12.30pm. As usual, you can register your interest with Andy McPhate on Twitter.



Kick-off: 3pm

Match Entry: Both home and away fans can enter via pay at the gate [cash].  £12 Adults & £7 Concessions (12-16, O65s & Disabled/Carer)  U12s accompanied by a paying adult go free

Referee: George Calder

Assistants: Calum Doyle & Elliott Husband Powton



Full name                Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic Football Club

Nickname(s)          The Rose

Founded                  1881

Ground                     New Dundas Park, Bonnyrigg

Capacity                   2,640

Chairman                Charlie Kirkwood

Manager                  Robbie Horn

2021–22                   Lowland League, 1st of 18 (promoted via play-offs)


Last 10 Matches 

Date Venue Competition Opponent Result Score
17/9/22 Away League 2 Dumbarton L 0-1
3/9/22 Away League 2 Elgin City L 0-2
27/8/22 Home League 2 Stirling Albion W 1-0
20/8/22 Home League 2 Albion Rovers L 0-2
13/8/22 Away League 2 Stranraer D 2-2
9/8/22 Home Challenge Cup Livingston B L 0-0
6/8/22 Away League 2 East Fife W 3-0
30/7/22 Home League 2 Forfar Athletic W 2-0
23/7/22 Away League Cup Morton L 1-3
20/7/22 Home League Cup Falkirk L 1-1


Top Scorers

Name Goals Assists Played
Smith 5 0 11
Martyniuk 2 3 11
Hall 1 1 10
McGachie 1 1 8
Turner 1 0 6
Currie 1 0 4
Brett 1 0 6
Gray 1 0 9

The statistics shown for each player include any goals they may have scored in the following competitions in the current season: Scottish League Cup, Scottish League Two

ON THIS DAY – 1 October


Year Opponent Competition Venue Result Score
2016 East Fife League One Away W 1-0
2011 Airdrie League Two Away L 2-5
2005 Cowdenbeath League Three Away L 1-4
1994 Morton League Two Away L 2-3
1991 Arbroath Challenge Cup Home W 3-2
1988 Montrose League Two Away L 1-3
1983 Dunfermline Athletic League Two Away L 0-2
1977 Cowdenbeath League Two Home L 1-3
1966 Forfar Athletic League Two Away D 2-2
1960 Queen of the South League Two Away W 2-1
1955 Albion Rovers League Two Home D 1-1
1949 St Johnstone League Two Away D 2-2
1938 Cowdenbeath League Two Home L 0-1
1932 Brechin City League Two Away W 2-1
1927 Queen of the South League Two Away L 3-4
1921 Cowdenbeath League Two Away L 1-4




Bonnyrigg Rose vs Stenhousemuir

East Fife vs Stirling Albion

Elgin City vs Annan Athletic

Forfar Athletic vs Dumbarton

Stranraer vs Albion Rovers



Team P W D L F A GD Pts League Form
1 Dumbarton 8 7 0 1 17 6 11 21 WWWWL
2 Stirling Albion 8 4 2 2 16 9 7 14 WLDWW
3 Stenhousemuir 8 4 1 3 13 14 -1 13 LWWDW
4 East Fife 8 3 2 3 10 11 -1 11 WDLDL
5 Bonnyrigg Rose 7 3 1 3 8 7 1 10 DLWLL
6 Stranraer 8 2 3 3 12 17 -5 9 DDLLW
7 Annan Athletic 7 2 2 3 9 13 -4 8 LLDWD
8 Elgin City 7 1 4 2 13 14 -1 7 DDLWD
9 Forfar Athletic 8 2 1 5 9 13 -4 7 LLLWL
10 Albion Rovers 7 1 2 4 6 9 -3 5 LWDDL