26 Forfar W

STEVIE Farrell has thrown down the gauntlet to his players ahead of tomorrow's clash with Forfar Athletic.

The Blues have picked up four points from a possible six on the road in the last two weeks.

Now, with back to back home games, Farrell is aiming for his side to match - or better - that tally.

The manager said: "We take the two home matches one at a time.

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"We are looking forward to tomorrow (Saturday) and two home games.

"We knew we had four games - two away and two at home - and that if we took points away then we put ourselves in a great position going into Christmas.

"We have done well on the road and we need to meet the challenge at home."

Stranraer sit sixth in the table, with two games in hand, and face a Forfar side who sit some nine points below them.

However, such is the topsy-turvy nature of League One, that the visitors will fancy their chances of causing an upset after coming within seconds of winning the reverse fixture at Station Park in September.

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Farrell said: "This league is so evenly matched.

"Even in last week's game with Airdrie and Raith Rovers, Airdrie were unfortunate not to be beating them on the day.

"In League One, there are no easy games, there is no complacency and we do not go into any game thinking we have got three points - you have to go out and earn them."

The hosts will have to earn those three points without Scott Agnew, who is still recovering from injury, and Liam Dick, who is suspended following his red card at Bayview Stadium last weekend.

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Farrell had few complaints about the two bookings and felt it opened the door for someone else to stake a claim for a place in the team.

That could see Scott Robertson start his first league game since his sending off at Ayr United at the end of October.

Similarly, Paul Woods will be aiming for a recall after an impressive cameo in the 1-1 draw with East Fife.

Farrell said: "Paul did well, obviously Kyle Turner came off then.

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"The previous week at Arbroath, Kyle was fantastic.

"We have got players in a bit of form and the more players we have in form the better.

"It is going into the festive period, which is always busy.

"The more players we have playing well individually, then, the more they are playing well collectively and we get the rewards."

It has been a busy few days behind the scenes as well.

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Interest continues in Tom Lang, who has caught the attention of both Clyde and Peterhead, while Max Currie has moved to Cumbernauld Colts on a short-term loan deal.

The 20 year old kept a clean sheet on his debut against Hawick Royal Albert in the Lowland League and will be hoping to feature against Gretna 2008 tomorrow (Saturday).

Farrell felt it was a deal which suited all parties and said: "Max wants to play and I want him to play.

"Cameron Belford has been in fine form and the deal suits all parties.

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"There is a recall clause if we need him to come back as well."


Last meeting
Forfar Athletic 1-1 Stranraer
30 September 2017

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SUPERSUB Danny Stoney climbed off the bench to rescue a late point for Stranraer at Station Park.

Forfar had been in front for 88 minutes after Josh Peters had opened the scoring with just four minutes on the clock.

It was a first half punctured with changes as Ryan Wallace and then Tom Lang coming off for Kyle Turner and Stoney, while the hosts also made a change with Jim Lister off in the opening 15 minutes.

Forfar could have extended their lead after the break with Cameron Belford denying David Cox and Ousman See, who had replaced Lister.

However, as time ticked on, Stranraer started to edge their way back into it and started turning up the heat in the final five minutes. First, Marc McCallum denied Scott Agnew from fully 35 yards. The goalkeeper parried the shot back into the danger zone but substitute Stephen Okoh could only clip the bar with the goal gaping.

There would be one last chance though and the Blues would take full advantage. Morgyn Neill's long ball into the box was flicked on by Scott Robertson and then smashed home by Stoney with the last kick of the game.

Forfar Athletic: McCallum, Bain, Quigley, Millar, Whyte, Travis, Cox, McBride, Lister (See 15), Peters, Malone (Aitken 83).
Not used: Warwick, Cregg, MacKintosh, Scott and King.

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Neill, Lang (Stoney 42), Hamill, Woods (Okoh 67), Bell, Agnew, Anderson, Thomson, Wallace (Turner 29).
Not used: McGowan, Elliott, Gray and Currie.

Last five meetings

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- 1-1 (Peters; Stoney) at Station Park on September 30, 2017
- 1-0 (Pettigrew) at Stair Park on March 5, 2016
- 1-1 (Ryan; Longworth) at Station Park on February 6, 2016
- 0-0 at Stair Park on November 21, 2015
- 1-2 (Travis; McGuigan and Aitken (P)) at Station Park on September 26, 2015

Stranraer's last five games

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DRAW v East Fife (A): 1-1 (Wallace)
WIN v Arbroath (A): 1-2 (Turner and Beith)
LOSS v Brora Rangers (H): 0-1
LOSS v Airdrieonians (A): 2-0
WIN v Queen's Park (H): 3-0 (Anderson, Bell, Wallace)

Forfar's last five games

LOSS v Alloa Athletic (H): 0-2
LOSS v Airdrieonians (A): 2-1 (Easton)
LOSS v Arbroath (A): 2-1 (Cox)
LOSS v Formartine (A): 1-0
WIN v East Fife (H): 2-0 (Malone and Travis)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v East Fife: Belford, Dick, Barron, Neill, Hamill, Bell, Anderson (Okoh 86), Turner (Woods 66), Beith (Robertson 90+1), Thomson, Wallace.
Not used: Lang, McGowan, Stoney and McLaren

Forfar lineup v Alloa: McCallum, Bain, Quigley, Whyte, Travis, McNaughton (Millar 75), Cregg, Lochhead (Duthie 64), Aitken, Peters (See 75), Easton.
Not used: Warwick, Milne and Adam.

Referee

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Steven Reid is no stranger to Stair Park having visited Dumfries and Galloway at the beginning of September.

The home side would run out 2-0 winners over Partick Thistle under-20s on that occasion in the IRN-BRU Cup. Ryan Wallace's first half goal had the Blues on top against Partick and Danny Stoney scored his first of the season after replacing Wallace with eight minutes to go. Incidentally, that was Stoney's first Stranraer goal in more than 1,000 days, with his last coming against Ayr United during his first spell at the club.

It is not 1,000 days since Reid last stepped on to the pitch to referee a Forfar game.

In fact, it was earlier this season as he was in the middle for Forfar's 2-1 win over Airdrieonians. David Cox was on target just before the half time whistle and, although the Diamonds levelled things up, Mark Millar grabbed the winner.

Admission

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Entry prices are as follows:

Adults £15, Concessions (65+) £10, Secondary £5, Primary FREE.

Programme

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In a special festive bumper edition of Beyond the Bandstand, covering our games against Forfar and Albion Rovers:

- Rob Mason takes a look at former Stranraer chairman Jimmy Lawrence
- Charlie Rigg thinks back to Stranraer drawing with East Fife and Forfar
- Ryan Thomson discusses Pamela Anderson, Steven Bell and Napoleon
- Tom Lang looks to the future

All this and more for just £2, available at the turnstiles.

Coverage

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Follow the Blues on Twitter at @StranraerFC for live updates throughout the afternoon.

And finally...

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We're in league action again on Tuesday night at home to Albion Rovers, kickoff 7.45pm.

These are the last two home games of 2017, so make sure you pop into the Club Shop for any last minute Christmas shopping!

Photos: Stranraer FC, East Fife FC

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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

Fixtures