PUTTING an end to their winless run and building a gap between themselves and the bottom two is Cowdenbeath's plan for Saturday.

The Blue Brazil have not won in six and they are looking to stop the rot as they host Dalbeattie Star at the weekend.

Cowden find themselves sitting third from bottom in the Lowland League, with only their next opponents and Edinburgh University below them.

A win in Dumfriesshire could see them move up three positions on goal difference.

Star have suffered some big defeats this season, but they did take a point from Central Park early in the season, but there can be no room for errors from the Blues this Saturday.

Cowden boss, Maurice Ross, was pleased with the way his team tackled Tranent during Saturday's 0-0 draw, and he wants more of the same at Dalbeattie: “It was so good to see us compete with a much more experienced side and work really hard, even when down to ten men, by defending resolutely and putting our bodies on the line to stop efforts, especially late in the game.

“We rolled our sleeves up and battled for the club, myself, the backroom team and fans, and defied a team which were looking to go clear at the top of the table.

“We played with good discipline and the shape which asked a lot of questions of a team which has had a considerable amount of money invested in it.”

And he added: “Now we need a similar performance at Dalbeattie Star this weekend, for we need to look to put together a run of results to improve our position.

“If we can put the same sort of work rate into this game, as we did against Tranent, it can provide the base to build a good win which can help us get much needed points.”

One player who will not be available is recent new signing Andy Black. The midfielder was sent-off for a second yellow card against Tranent, so will miss out on the trip to Dalbeattie, but available will be centre-back Alfie Robinson, who was unable to make the Tranent game.

Goalkeeper Jack Ruddy should also be ready for this important match, after missing out last weekend.

Meanwhile, Harry Osborne's contract has been mutually terminated and Dundee United loanee Layton Bisland's deal has come to an end.