Peter Murphy today expects his new-look Annan Athletic squad to get a greater test of their credentials against Elgin City than they did at Brechin City.

Murphy’s men go into their first Scottish League Two home match of their 2019/20 campaign this afternoon (3pm kick-off), having claimed a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Glebe Park in their league opener last Saturday.

While pleased to see his team get their first win on the board, courtesy of Steve Swinglehurst’s goal, Murphy admits he saw plenty of room for improvement.

"Getting a clean-sheet and getting our goal from a set-piece were positives," he said.

"But there are definitely plenty of things for us to work on."

The result also saw summer signing Aaran Taylor, formerly of Barrow, Celtic Nation and Workington Reds, keep his first competitive clean-sheet for the Black and Golds.

"He did well but we also have Lyle Avci," Annan manager Murphy said.

"They are pushing each other, which is really good. It’s up to the keeper who is chosen to play to perform and keep their place."

Gavin Price’s Elgin team have also got off to a good start.

The Black and Whites beat Cowdenbeath 3-0 in their league opener, before a Scottish Challenge Cup success against Hibernian’s Under-21s on Tuesday night.

Shane Sutherland has already bagged four goals in those two matches and Irishman Murphy reckons the 28-year-old will be the man the Galabankies need to stop.

"It’s going to be a very difficult game. Elgin are scoring freely," 38-year-old Murphy said.

"They have Shane Sutherland who is one of the better strikers in the league. He left for Peterhead in January, but he is now back at Elgin. They have started well.

"We have three home games in a row, but I’m only focusing on the game against Elgin for now."

Murphy added: "I think this will be more of a test than last week. We have a new-look squad, but so did Brechin, whereas Elgin have quite a settled side from last season."

This afternoon’s game starts a run of three home fixtures in a week for Annan.

They host Kelty Hearts on Tuesday night in the Scottish Challenge Cup, before a return to league action at home to Albion Rovers next Saturday.