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THE hunt continues for a striker with Stranraer again running the rule over three trialists tomorrow (Saturday).


The Blues visit Broadwood Stadium in a 4pm kick-off when they face Cumbernauld Colts for the second consecutive year.

Stevie Farrell confirmed he was not yet finished adding to the squad, which contains no fewer than nine new signings, plus Sam Lidington returning from a season-long loan at Hurlford United.

The manager said: “We are actively looking to sign another two strikers if we are able to do so but the finances and budgets will decide.

“It is the last area of the squad we are looking to add to.”

It was previously thought a deal was in place to bring a League One frontman on loan to Stair Park.

The signing was due to be unveiled at the beginning of next week but that deal has now fallen through.

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Farrell added: “That is not going to happen.

“He has signed for a League Two club.

“That is the difficult thing in football with loan players – they are never your players.

“There could always be that little niggle or doubt that they could end up somewhere else whether that is logistically or something else.

“The club he is joining is closer to home and not as much travelling for him.”

However, the club will run the rule over three trialists, who have already featured in pre-season, in the friendly tomorrow, with a view to adding to the squad.

One man who will not be featuring though is David Gray.

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The 19 year old made four appearances for the Blues last term and was offered a new deal, with a view to going out on loan.

Farrell said: “David has chosen to go a different route and has now left the club.

“I wish him all the best for the rest of his career.”

The trip to Cumbernauld is Stranraer’s third friendly of the new season, following on the heels of a narrow 1-0 defeat to Glenavon before a 4-2 win at Annan Athletic on Tuesday evening.

A double from Cameron Elliott was added to by a strike from Grant Anderson and one from a trialist.

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The manager was pleased with how things were progressing with tomorrow’s friendly the middle of half a dozen games.

He added: “Things are going well in pre-season.

“We purposefully arranged a number of games and we have two with four more to come.

“We have had a number of trialists to look at and a lot of new players.

“It has effectively been an overhaul of the squad and they need to get used to each other and playing together.”

Last meeting
Cumbernauld Colts 1-1 Stranraer
Saturday 22 July 2017

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PERHAPS understandably, Cumbernauld Colts and Stranraer have not been regular foes. In fact, their pre-season contest last year was the first meeting between the two sides.

Max Currie started the tie at Broadwood with Cameron Belford set to serve a suspension in the cup. The Lowland League side opened the scoring from the penalty spot when Craig Holmes tumbled under a challenge from Scott Robertson. Stephen O’Neill then confidently sent Currie the wrong way from the resultant spot kick.

Stranraer had the chance to level things up with a penalty kick of their own. Ryan Wallace was brought down by Sam George but the home number one then redeemed himself in saving Jamie Hamill’s penalty.

The Blues were an improved team after the break and the game opened up. Grant Anderson was unlucky on two occasions and the winger would turn provider for the leveller. His last minute corner was not cleared and one of the substitute trialists smashed home with the last kick of the game.

Stranraer: Currie, Hamill, Dick, Robertson (B Trialist 45), Neill, Lang (Bell 45), Anderson, A Trialist, Wallace (Stoney 51), Agnew (C Trialist 60), Woods (Okoh 60).
Not used: Barron and D Trialist.

Stranraer's last five games

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WIN v Annan Athletic (A): 2-4 (Anderson, Trialist and Elliott x2)
LOSS v Glenavon (H): 0-1
WIN v East Fife (A): 2-3 (Agnew and Anderson x2)
LOSS v Raith Rovers (H): 0-3
WIN v Ayr United (A): 1-2 (Anderson and Agnew (P))

Cumbernauld Colts' last five games

WIN v Selkirk (N): 1-3 (Brown x2 and Murray)
WIN v University of Stirling (H): 3-0 (Holmes and Brown x2)
DRAW v Vale of Leithen (A): 4-4 (Brown x3 and Wallace)
WIN v Gala Fairydean Rovers (H): 2-0 (Holmes and Wallace)
WIN v Vale of Leithen (H): 6-0 (Holmes, Nash, Brown, Wallace and O’Neill x2)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Annan Athletic: Stranraer: Currie (Avci 46), McDonald, A Trialist, Brownlie, Smith (Anderson 46), Lidington (E Trialist 46), B Trialist (Ashmore 57), Hamill (McGowan 46), Turner (McManus 46), Lamont (D Trialist 46), C Trialist (Elliott 57).

Cumbernauld Colts lineup v Selkirk: Fallens, Kirwan, Fergus (Wilson 87), Kerr, Davidson, Marshall, Holmes (Nash 83), Lachlan, Brown, Murray, McMullan (McKenzie 61).Fallens, Kirwan, Fergus (Wilson 87), Kerr, Davidson, Marshall, Holmes (Nash 83), Lachlan, Brown, Murray, McMullan (McKenzie 61).
Not used: Sheridan, Running and Purves.

We're back in action again on Tuesday night at home to last season's League 1 champions Ayr United.

Admission is £10 for adults, £5 for over 65s and secondary pupils and FREE for primary kids.


00 Ayr W

SPFL 3L1 6474

POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 17 45
2 Raith Rovers 17 32
3 East Fife 17 26
4 Forfar Athletic 17 24
5 Montrose 17 21
6 Airdrieonians 17 20
7 Stranraer 16 20
8 Dumbarton 17
18
9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 17 15


Fixtures

2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andy McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)