PLAYERS will be given the chance to bond both on and off the field this weekend.

Stranraer travel to Newton Stewart for Johnny Fisher’s testimonial tomorrow (Friday) before hosting Stirling Albion the following day.

Manager Stevie Farrell was confident the weekend would give his much-changed squad a further chance to get to know one another.

He said: “It is important.

“That is why the players will be staying in Dumfries on Friday night.

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“They will be able to get up and have breakfast together as a group.

“They will travel over for the usual Saturday routine, having spent the night together, roomed together and sat down to breakfast together.”

Tomorrow’s match at Blairmount Park will see the Blues with a mixture of first team regulars, with under 20s and members of the South of Scotland squad expected to also be involved.

Three trialists are also expected to feature over the weekend.

All three have featured in various friendlies, with the Blues having added ten new faces to the squad.

Farrell said all three had impressed and the plan was to sit down with them after this weekend’s fixtures.

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A frontman remains top of Farrell’s shopping list but he is still keen to strengthen the squad where possible.

The manager said it would be two different tests with the South of Scotland side followed less than 24 hours later by their Scottish League Two opposition.

He added: “We go for the testimonial game and enjoy the night.

“We hope (Johnny) and his family have a great night.”

Saturday’s fixture is also the last of the pre-season friendlies, with the competitive games getting under way next Saturday when the Blues head to
Queen of the South in the Betfred Cup.

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Friendly number four took place on Tuesday evening when Ayr United made the trip down the A77.

It was a game which Farrell missed and he said: “I was away on business and I knew that when we took the game.

“It was a good opportunity to play against a good side in pre-season.

“By all accounts, at first we started off and gave them too much respect.

“The second half, I heard we got more competitive and arguably were the better team.

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“I was getting feedback at half time and full time – I was getting plenty of feedback.

“I never read to much into beating Annan or Cumbernauld Colts comprehensively and certainly not by being defeated by a really good Ayr team.”

Last five meetings


- Stirling Albion 0 Stranraer 1 (Gibson) at Forthbank Stadium on March 17, 2015
- Stranraer 1 Stirling Albion 0 (McKeown) at Stair Park on January 31, 2015
- Stirling Albion 1 Stranraer 1 (Johnston; Bell) at Forthbank Stadium on November 15, 2014
- Stranraer 2 Stirling Albion 0 (Longworth and Stirling) at Stair Park on September 27, 2014
- Stirling Albion 1 Stranraer 2 (McKenna; McColm and Moore) at Forthbank Stadium on April 11, 2009

Stranraer's last five games

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LOSS v Ayr United (H): 1-3 (Layne)
WIN v Cumbernauld Colts (A): 0-5 (Anderson, Trialist x2, McGowan and 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)

Stirling Albion's last five games

WIN v East Kilbride (A): 0-2 (Marr x2)
WIN v Dalbeattie Star (A): 0-2 (McGeachie and Watson)
DRAW v Airdrieonians (A): 1-1 (Trialist)
LOSS v Peterhead (A): 3-0
LOSS v Peterhead (H): 0-1

Last time out

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

Stirling Albion lineup v East Kilbride: Ferrie, McGeachie, Allan, Hamilton, Marr, Moon, Stewart, Jardine, MacDonald, Fell, Robertson.Substitutes: McLaren, Banner, McDonald, Evans, Young, Mair, MacDonald and Binnie.

Admission for Saturday's game is £5 for all, and FREE for primary kids.


 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Ayr United 0 0
2 Berwick
0 0
3 Falkirk 0 0
4 Livingston 0 0
5 Stranraer 0 0


Squad 2019/20

Dale Burgess (GK, Renfrew), Scott Robertson (DEF, Airdrie), Ryan Thomson (MID, Dumbarton), Grant Gallagher (MID, Airdrie), Jordan Allan (DEF, Stirling), Mark Stewart (STR, Stirling), Lee Hamilton (DEF, Stirling), James Hilton (MID, Ayr United), Leon Murphy (MID, on loan from Ayr United).

RE-SIGNED: David Smith (DEF), Max Currie (GK), Connor McManus (DEF/MID), Adam Cummins (DEF), Cameron Elliott (STR), Jamie Hamill (DEF), Ian Smith (MID).

OUT: Lyle Avci, Andy McDonald (Elgin), David Brownlie (EK), Chris McGowan, Mark Lamont, Conor O'Keefe, Kyle Turner (Dunfermline).

LOAN ENDED: Innes Cameron, Ali McCann, Joao Victoria, PJ Crossan.

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