THE draw with Stenhousemuir was a real set-back to Cowden’s hopes of avoiding the Pyramid Play-offs.

While Cowdenbeath were sharing the spoils with the Warriors, Berwick Rangers were not losing ground by drawing at Annan, although Edinburgh City lost heavily at Montrose.

So the simple facts are that the time that draws are OK for the Blue Brazil is starting to run out and it is wins that are needed.

And this weekend Cowden have to look to beat Clyde, something they have not done yet this season.

Mind you last midweek Cowdenbeath were really unlucky not to turn around level after a perfectly good goal was disallowed and throughout the game the Blues created chances.

So if they can perform as well but not give away any bad goals they could get a result at Central Park.

Manager Gary Bollan was pleased with the performance against Stenny although disappointed not to win it: “In the first-half we created a number of very good chances but then incredibly went behind.

“However, the lads showed plenty of character and came back immediately which was great to see.

“The second-half was a lot more even and in the closing stages the run of midweek games started to tell as players began to fade and in the end a draw was probably the right result.”

The manager wants to see the same approach this week against Clyde at Central Park as they bid to keep the pressure on Edinburgh City who lead them by ten points as does Berwick.

Added the manager: “I felt against Clyde last midweek we created some really good chances and of course had a what looked a good goal chalked off.

“Coming right on the interval whistle it would have been interesting to see how Clyde would have adapted to being level at the break but we kept attacking after the interval and to finish without a goal was puzzling.

“However, we showed that we can play well against the recent form team in the league and we must look to do that again this Saturday.”

The run of midweek games has been posing problems for some of the Cowdenbeath players with Bryan Gilfillan having to go off after feeling his calf muscle stiffen but it was purely a precautionary move.

Blair Malcolm also had to sit out the last quarter of the game on Saturday and Brandon Luke looked shattered as the game went into the close minutes and was subbed.

Meanwhile forward Jack Whittaker has gone out on loan to the junior ranks.