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FOOTBALL is a game of fine margins and if it was not for the six-foot plus frame of Mark Hurst, Paul Woods would surely have been celebrating the best goal of his career.
 
The midfielder stepped off the Stranraer bench at East Fife on Saturday and helped his side rescue a point.
 
But it could have been even more if Hurst had not pulled out a fantastic save to deny Woods' swerving shot four minutes from full time, which looked destined for the top corner of the net.


It was a stunning save and Woods said: "It was unlucky but the height of the goalkeeper has stopped it.
 
"Anybody else and it could have gone in but it is the height of him and those big long fingers have got to the shot.


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"It was unlucky.
 
"It looked like it was going in but it was a floaty shot but it was one of those where it looked it was in all the way.
 
"The goalkeeper does brilliant to get to it."
 
It would have topped off an impressive 24 minute cameo from the ex-East Kilbride man, who scored against Albion Rovers earlier this season.


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He was instrumental in Ryan Wallace's equaliser and helped give the Blues a creative spark to come back from Chris Duggan's first half goal and get a point.
 
Woods said: "I just tried to get on and tried to get involved.
 
"I think we were playing some decent stuff and could have nicked it at the end..
 
"I was just trying to get into areas, move the ball and see what happens.
 
"I got the ball to Ryan and Ryan does what Ryan does.


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"He hits it, we get a wee bit of luck and it goes in but on that surface you can move the ball and it has paid off for us."
 
It was a result which keeps Stranraer in sixth place and well in contention for the play-offs.
 
Ayr United and Raith Rovers, as expected, have edged clear in the race for the title but the battle for third and fourth looks like going deep into the season.
 
After two away games, which has seen the Blues take four points out of six, Stevie Farrell's men now turn their attention to back to back home ties.
 
First up are Forfar Athletic, who are battling to avoid the play-offs at the other end of the League One table.
 
Speaking immediately after the point on Saturday, Woods said: "It has been two hard games here and at Arbroath.
 
"They are two teams that are beside us in the league as well so you have got to take something.


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"I thought we deserved a point against East Fife.
 
"We have always said from the start of the season that the home games, we really need to look to win them.
 
"If you have any ambitions to be going up or going to be in the playoffs, you need to win them.
 

"Hopefully, we take six points from them and then four points on the road looks even better."

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Raith Rovers 35 74
2 Ayr United 34 73
3 Arbroath 35 59
4 Alloa Athletic 34 56
5 Stranraer 35 50
6 East Fife 35 42
7 Airdrieonians 35 41
8 Forfar Athletic 35
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9 Albion Rovers 35 30
10 Queen's Park 35 28

Updated 21/4/18 at 5pm

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