Stenhousemuir match preview

5th April 2012

AIRDRIE travel to playoff rivals Stenhousemuir knowing that every game is now a cup final, as the race for fourth place intensifies.

With both teams locked on 42 points alongside East Fife, a positive result for either side would provide a huge boost as the end of the season looms.

Stenny currently occupy the coveted play-off spot with a goal difference of +4 giving them the advantage over Airdrie's +1 and East Fife's -1.

But Jimmy Boyle's men know that points matter most, as the Diamonds' run-in sees their fate lying entirely in their own hands.

Midfielder Jamie Stevenson, who returned as a second-half substitute last week following a one-match ban, said: "Our season is boiling down to Saturday and the next few games. 

"We need a win on Saturday, it's a 6-pointer".

Previous results reflect the teams' respective positions, with results evenly matched going into this, the final meeting of the season.

Airdrie won the opening fixture at New Broomfield 5:2, and striker Ryan Donnelly will be hoping to repeat that day's double, having rediscovered his scoring touch last week at Stirling.

When the sides met at a foggy Ochilview in December, Stenhousemuir took an early lead through Andy Rodgers before a Willie McLaren equaliser forced the draw.

And in the last meeting at New Broomfield, the Warriors were 3:0 victors. 

Diamonds' skipper Paul Lovering once again misses out through suspension.

The Ochilview men have selection headaches of their own, with Martyn Corrigan, Chris McCluskey and Eric Paton all sidelined through injury. Sean Dickson is rated 50/50 and will face a late fitness test, while Ross McMillan returns from suspension.

The man in the middle for Saturday's showdown is Brian Winter. 

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