The first fifteen minutes did not hint at the poor performance that was to come. Clarkson tested the ‘keeper three times although he should have done better with his second chance which came from Hammell’s cross. Then McDonald’s weak side footed effort was easily saved after superb work from Lasley on the right.
Stenhousemuir did not pose much of an attacking threat in the first half but they might have done better with a free header from a corner.
Alex Burns looked to have opened the scoring after an excellent one-two with McDonald but his shot was touched round the post. Toastie then grazed the bar with a well-hit free kick from twenty five yards on the stroke of half time.
We looked slightly out of sorts at the beginning of the second period and Stenny should have made us pay. Instead their big number nine injured himself by tripping over the ball when he had the simple task of stroking home a cut back.
Some shaky defending by the home side presented us with two great chances when Clarkson and Burns both went past the ‘keeper. Sadly both were at a tight angle and couldn’t find their teammates with a cross into the middle.
Keith Lasley came close with a volley from the edge of the box before a Stenhousemuir forward might have done better than hit a weak shot at Marshall when he found space in the box.
Alex Burns came close to scoring a winner when he fired Lasley’s cross inches wide although the best chance in the closing stages fell to the head of a Stenny player from a corner.
So, our second warm up game against lower league opposition and we still have not registered a win. While results are not everything, it is slightly concerning although we can take heart from the fact we at least tried to pass the ball about a bit more. It would be reassuring to the fans and give the players some confidence if we could skelp a few past Ayr United on Saturday.
‘Well team (4-4-2): Marshall; Corrigan, Craigan, Partridge, Hammell; Lasley, McDonald, Leitch, Pearson; Burns, Clarkson (Craig 75).