AFTER collecting their first league point in the Highlands, Cowdenbeath have to set their stall out to add three to their total this Saturday when Edinburgh City are the visitors.

The Edinburgh side lost at home to Montrose last weekend so will be desperate to put things right at Central Park, but this is a chance for the Blue Brazil to put down an early marker of their intentions this season.

A home win would move Cowdenbeath into a handy position and give them impetus and manager Billy Brown is looking for the same sort of approach shown against Elgin.

The manager reflected: “We started the game really well, took the lead and could have got another but after they levelled we found it hard to regain the initiative.

“However, the workrate was first class and we battled for every ball right to the end and I could not ask for anything more.”

The manager brought in 19 year-old Ben Stirling from Hibs on loan and with Kyle Miller carrying a knock had to ask him to start the game in midfield.

He is a former Scottish youth internationalist and got about the pitch putting pressure on the City link unit impressing the manager.

Added Mr Brown: “Ben did well, having just met his team mates on the bus, and he can be a very useful player for us.

“There were no failures but again it was a very young team we had out and we could do with a couple of experienced lads in their helping them.

“We had a trialist in the side, Ally Smith, and he did pretty well and is worth another look but really the time is coming when we have to get people aboard.”

He is hoping to have at least one new experienced player available for this Saturday’s important game.

Mr Brown added: “Our home record last season was not good and it is something we want to improve this season.

“We have a chance this Saturday to get a win on the board and that is our aim but Edinburgh City will be no easy opponents.

“However, if we show the same spirit as at Elgin we can create the sort of chances that can win the game for us.”

Shaun Rutherford is nearing full fitness and if he is OK for the City game it would allow Harvey Swann to move back into midfield while Dave McGurn is also 100 per cent fit, but Joe McGovern put on a good display at Elgin.

The manager could consider going with Josh Morris at number 9 against City and use Ryan Connelly as an impact player.