COWDENBEATH need to keep their good home form going this Saturday to ensure they stay in third top spot in Ladbrokes League 2.

Saturday’s latest disappointment on the road has seen this weekend’s opponents, Annan Athletic, close to within two points of the Blues, albeit with a game in hand for the Central Parkers.

So Cowden have to ensure they pick off their eighth home win of the season this weekend.

At Ainslie Park Cowden competed well enough with Edinburgh City but just could not create enough good chances.

Had Connor Smith’s shot gone instead of coming back off the home woodwork just after half-time it could have made a difference, but over the piece City had the better chances.

Cowden skipper Craig Barr was a bit disappointed at the final outcome on Saturday: “We were good and solid in the first period and there was little in the game but the two goals we conceded after the break were through poor work by us.

"Losing the first goal after the hour mark certainly gave them the upper hand and it came from a set piece then the second came from a goalkeeper's kick-out and that really is not good enough. We have to look closely at how these happened.

“It was always going to be a difficult game against one of the most consistent teams in the league but we just did not create enough good chances over the 90 minutes, although Connor Smith was unlucky with his clever shot which could easily have gone in rather than hit the bar.”

Looking ahead to Saturday he added: “We have to look to continue collecting wins at home and it is important that we keep our good form at Central Park going, but it is also important to win games on the road and that is something we have to work on."

Cowden will have everyone available for the visit of Annan apart from Kris Renton and goalkeeper Kevin Dabrowski. Renton could be out until February with his fractured jaw, while the 'keeper is perhaps a couple of weeks away from resuming.

However, David Cox and Robbie Buchanan will be back in the pecking order and there must be every chance that both will be back in the starting line-up.

Cowdenbeath have comfirmed that they are to file a citing of former player David Marsh for a stamping incident in the match with Stenhousemuir last week. Footage of the game showed Marsh stamping on Connor Smith after a foul on the youngster in midfield.

Club secretary, David Allan, confirmed the club would be taking this to the disciplinary committee after viewing the incident which saw Smith needing attention from the physio before resuming against Stenny.