Peter Murphy hopes Annan Athletic will be backed by a bumper Galabank crowd against Clyde in their Scottish League One promotion play-off final first-leg tie.

Having beaten Stenhousemuir 2-1 on Saturday, and 4-1 on aggregate, only Clyde stand between Annan and a place in League One next season.

The two teams will meet tonight (7.45pm kick-off), before Saturday’s all-important second leg.

“It’s been very tight in the games we played this season,” said Athletic boss Murphy. “We drew at home once and lost away twice, when they scored last-minute goals on both occasions.”

For last Tuesday’s semi-final first-leg game against Stenhousemuir, 637 watched on as goals from Chris Johnston and Ayrton Sonkur put Athletic in control of the tie.

Murphy’s men then completed the job in the away leg, with Kyle Bradley and Steven Swinglehurst on target.

Carlisle United fans’ favourite Murphy said: “I think with the Liverpool v Barcelona game being on last week, lots of people would have stayed in and watched that, but 637 was still quite a good crowd.

"But I think there will be a few more this week with a few more neutrals fans, and maybe some from Carlisle.”

On their victory at Ochilview Park, Murphy added: “Stenhousemuir had to come out and have a go at us.

"They had a good blast for the first 10-15 minutes but we saw that through and then scored, but they then got a goal just before half-time. We again took the lead in the second half.

"But the most pleasing thing after we scored the second time was how we managed the game and kept the ball. It was a very pleasing day all-round.”

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