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STRANRAER could yet strengthen their squad further after completing the signing of Isaac Layne.

The former Brechin City and Alloa Athletic frontman put pen to paper earlier today (Monday).

Manager Stevie Farrell was delighted to add another signing – taking the close season tally into double figures – ahead of the season getting under way later this month.

He said: “Isaac is somebody we have been looking to get in for a number of weeks.

“He has played two trial games and I spoke to him early on in the close season.

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“He is somebody we identified having worked against him when he was at Alloa, and he played in the Championship last year with Brechin.

“He has played at this level and been a success at this level.

“He was the right profile and fit and we are delighted to get him in.”

The 23 year old was on a shortlist drawn up earlier this year with the Blues looking to revamp their frontline following the departures of Ryan Wallace, Danny Stoney and Stephen Okoh over the last six or so months.

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Farrell is also still running the rule over two trialists and stressed the signing of Layne did not rule out any further additions.

He added: “Finances will take care of that.

“Obviously, we will see what is available but I am relatively happy with the 17 signed players.”

Layne, who featured against Annan Athletic and Cumbernauld Colts, could run out at Stair Park as a Stranraer player for the first time tomorrow (Tuesday).

The Blues will welcome former League One rivals – and reigning League One champions – Ayr United.

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Farrell was looking forward to his team getting more minutes under their belt and, hopefully, further gelling together.

He said: “Ayr will bring their first team and the same with us.

“Like the three games we have played and three games to come, you do not read too much into it.

“It is another opportunity to play a game and get players fit and we will ask the same question ‘no issues, everybody fit and healthy’.

“That is the most important thing to me.”

Stranraer scored four one week ago against Annan Athletic and went one better against Cumbernauld Colts on Saturday.

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Layne grabbed a double while fellow new signing Max Ashmore was also on target, alongside ‘old boys’ Grant Anderson and Chris McGowan.

The manager said: “There were some good patterns to our play.

“We looked a threat going forward and we have scored nine goals in the last two games.

“We went there last year and looked laboured a wee bit and scored in the last minute.

“I know it is a friendly but since the beginning of pre-season we have been really professional in our application and that is pleasing.”

Last meeting
Ayr United 1-2 Stranraer
Saturday 14 April 2018

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CHAMPAGNE was put on ice at Somerset Park as Stranraer ensured the battle for the League One title, which Ayr ultimately won, would continue.

Grant Anderson opened the scoring early doors after his looping header caught out Jordan Hart. However, the lead lasted just 13 minutes with Jamie Adams pulling the Honest Men level with a header of his own.

The momentum of the game would swing back in Stranraer’s favour before the break though when Lawrence Shankland was shown a straight red card.

The man advantage helped the Blues, who took all three points with just five minutes left. Kyle Turner went down under the tackle of Adams and ex-Ayr man Scott Agnew slotted the ball home from the spot.

Ayr United: Hart, Rose, Ferguson, Reid (McGuffie 13 (Moffat 86), Crawford, Forrest (McDaid 66), Adams, Shankland, Kerr, Bell, Moore.
Not used: Faulds, Murphy, McCowan and Hare-Reid.

Stranraer: Currie, Robertson, Neill, McGowan, Lyon (Elliott 66), Hamill, MacPherson (Hawkshaw 73), Agnew, Anderson, Turner, Okoh (Scott 57).
Not used: Barron, Gray and Dykes.

Last five meetings

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- Ayr United 1 (Adams) Stranraer 2 (Anderson and Agnew (P)) at Somerset Park on April 14, 2018
- Stranraer 1 (Turner) Ayr United 5 (Shankland x2, Moffat and Forrest x2) at Stair Park on January 2, 2018
- Ayr United 2 (Moffat and Shankland) Stranraer 0 at Somerset Park on October 28, 2017
- Stranraer 3 (Wallace and Thomson x2) Ayr United 4 (McDaid, Moore, Moffat and Boyle) at Stair Park on August 19, 2017
- Ayr United 0 Stranraer 0 at Somerset Park on May 15, 2016

Stranraer's last five games

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WIN v Cumbernauld Colts (A): 0-5 (Anderson, Trialist x2, McGowan, Ashmore)
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

Ayr United's last five games

LOSS v Forfar Athletic (A): 1-0LOSS v Forfar Athletic (A): 1-0
WIN v Albion Rovers (H): 2-0 (Moore and McDaid)
LOSS v Alloa Athletic (A): 2-1 (Moore)
LOSS v Stranraer (H): 1-2 (Adams)
WIN v Airdrieonians (A): 1-2 (Crawford and Shankland)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Cumbernauld Colts: Avci (Currie), Brownlie, A Trialist (Smith), McDonald, McGowan (Hamill), Anderson (Elliott), Ashmore (Hamill), McManus, Lamont (D Trialist), B Trialist, Layne (E Trialist).
Not used: None.

Ayr United lineup v Forfar Athletic: Hare-Reid, Geggan (McCowan), Harvie, Rose, A Trialist, Forrest (Hilton), McDaid (Murphy), Moore (Shankland), B Trialist (Ecrepont), Crawford (McGuffie), Moffat (Faulds).
Not used: None.

We're back in action again on Saturday afternoon at home to League 2 side Stirling Albion, kickoff 3pm.

Admission is £5 for all, and FREE for primary kids.

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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
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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)