Annan host Stirling in Scottish League Two today, looking to get back to winning ways following back-to-back defeats.

In fact, Annan have only won one of their last five games, letting in 15 goals during that spell.

It is a statistic that is not lost on manager Peter Murphy, who acknowledged the need to concede fewer goals, while pointing out they are also the division’s third top scorers.

“If we can cut out the mistakes at the back, we will start winning again,” insisted Murphy.

“It is an area we are looking to address as we currently have a very small squad and are looking at two or three players in this month.”

Despite going down 4-0 to Elgin, Murphy was pleased with the commitment last week, especially as he had to put out a side that lacked experience.

Having already been without player through injury and suspension, the last thing he needed was a virus to spread through the squad.

Some players have shown symptoms of the illness during the past week, and while Murphy was hopeful they could shake it off before today’s game, it remains to be seen if that is the case.

With Cowdenbeath - who sit one place and five points above Annan - travelling to top of the table Cove Rangers, Murphy will hope three points for his side can see them close the gap between them.

In Division One of the Northern League, Penrith have a trip to Tyneside to face Newcastle Benfield, as they look to capitalise on last weeks win over Seaham Red Star.

A second successive victory would be a huge help to the Cumbrian side’s survival hopes.

Carlisle City go to Bedlington Terriers in Division Two, bidding to close the gap on their promotion rivals above them.