By JONNY CLARK
STENHOUSEMUIR will be playing St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup fourth round after beating Highland League side Forres Mechanics 3-1 at Ochilview.
Colin McMenamin, hat-trick hero in the victory, talked about rewarding the club’s board: “The club really worked hard for us. We stayed up there last week [after the 2-2 in Forres] to prepare properly.
“It’s one for the board, it doesn’t happen often at football clubs but the board showed a lot of faith in us last week.
“Hopefully now we can make a little bit of money that helps the club.”
McMenamin hopes that the cup win, Stenny’s first at home since March 26, can help improve the Warriors league form: “I said last week I thought the performance was a boost because I thought we played well.
“We looked like a team and we’ve gone again with the same eleven. We’re showing a bit of desire and a bit of quality at times and that’s what is needed.”
The 35-year-old’s manager, Brown Ferguson, four months the striker’s junior, has also been pleased with how his side have worked over two games against Mechanics.
“Over the last two weeks I’ve seen a team on the pitch. We’ve been at them in terms of not accepting when things don’t go well, not accepting lapses in concentration or dips in performance.”
Ferguson also spoke about the fourth round tie against St Johnstone in Perth and it’s magnitude for the club: “Playing against a top six Premiership team away from home, it’s a tie everyone should look forward to.
“So we look forward to the game, but obviously we have a lot of league business to go before then.”
Forres manager Charlie Rowley was pleased with his club’s six Scottish Cup matches and hopes they can transform cup form into league form as they sit ninth in the Highland League.
“I’m disappointed with the result but not the performance, hopefully we can take that kind of performance into our league form.
“The cup matches have hampered us in terms of league games but it’s been a really pleasing distraction.
“A few teams have passed us because they’ve played a few games more so it’s important we get back to winning ways away to Fraserburgh on Saturday.
“If we can take this attitude and these performances into Highland League games we will push up the table quite quickly.”