Saints manager Jim McCrossan is ruing the decision to play their league tie with Newton Stewart on Saturday as it has cost his side two points and possibly two players.
Striker Ross McCrindle and captain Stuart Cluckie both picked up what appear to be serious injuries on the soft St Mary’s Park pitch.
The game ended 1-1 thanks to two players who were playing for third division Annan Athletic last month.
Andrew Donley scored just minutes into his loan debut for the home side while Jack Steele was causing plenty of problems to McCrossan’s defence – winning Newton Stewart’s second half penalty.
The Saints gaffer said: “Conditions were a bit poor and the pitch cut up and I believe we now have two serious injuries because of it.
“Ross McCrindle has not had the best of luck but he was just getting back to full fitness. He landed awkwardly and we think he has torn his ankle ligaments again so he’ll probably be out for the season. It’s disappointing as he had been starting to make an impact.
“Stuart Cluckie landed in the same area of the park and put his knee out of place. It popped back in and he finished the game but he didn’t train last night and it’s badly swolen so we will have to see how that goes. We only played to get the game out the way and it’s cost us two players and two dropped points.”
McCrossan is however delighted to have another proven goal scorer in his squad for 28 days.
He continued: “I’m delighted to get Andrew Donley in late on Thursday. Annan have been great to deal with and he scored within two minutes of his debut from 25 yards into the top corner.
“We should have had the game secured in the first half but they have Jack Steele playing there now and he won them their penalty. In the end a draw was probably a fair result in what was a game of two halves. Four or five of my players were below standard which is too many at this level so I think our chances of winning the league are over and apart from Dalbeattie Star we’re all fighting for second place.
This weekend Saints travel to Lothian Thistle for an SFA Regional Cup tie.