L26 Brechin W

STEVIE Farrell is urging his players to look forward as they attempt to get Stranraer’s season back on track.

A run of poor form since the turn of the year has seen the Blues slip down the table towards the relegation zone.

However, the manager is keen for the team to concentrate on the games that they can influence – starting tomorrow (Saturday) at Brechin City.

He said: “I don’t think there is such a thing as luck.

“Things happen for a reason and we have got to make sure we focus on tomorrow.

“We have not played that game yet.

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“We can look at Dumbarton, we can look at East Fife or Forfar, but those games have come and gone.

“Tomorrow is a game that we have never played.

“We don’t know how it is going to go and it is not going to be the same as Dumbarton, Forfar or the East Fife games.

“Win or lose previously, tomorrow is a brand new day.

“If we turn in a performance like we did against Arbroath, then we can go and pick up a result.”

Once again, Farrell finds his squad stretched with four players missing for tomorrow’s trip north.

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Ian Smith and Christopher McGowan are joined on the sidelines by PJ Crossan, with Andy McDonald beginning a two-match suspension.

However, the club is boosted by the return of Adam Cummins, who trained last night (Thursday) after missing the defeat to Dumbarton last weekend.

The manager said: “The defence picks itself just now.

“We’ve only got four fit defensive players.

“David Smith is having to play a position that is a wee bit alien to him but needs must.”

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The manager said training had been upbeat and positive as the Blues look for their first win of 2019.

He added: “I am a great believer that if you work hard and continue to work hard and keep doing good habits, then, you will get your rewards.”

The Blues sit on 24 points – one adrift of their hosts tomorrow – with Farrell believing another 15 or so points would be enough to see another season of League One football at Stair Park.

He said: “There is a third of the season to go.

“If we win five games out of 13, then, we will be fine.”

Last meeting
Brechin City 1-1 Stranraer
29 September 2018

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STRANRAER came within a whisker of snatching all three points at Glebe Park after leaving it late.

Stevie Farrell’s men trailed for nearly an hour before levelling through substitute Luke Donnelly and PJ Crossan almost won it in injury time.

Callum Tapping had given the hosts the lead after David Smith was penalised for a tackle just outside the box.

Stranraer tried to get back into it but it would be five minutes before time that they pulled themselves level. Crossan’s cross from the left was only half cleared and Donnelly was in the right place to smash home a first-time volley.

Moments later and Crossan very nearly won it after a scramble in the box but former Blue Connor Brennan made a great block.

Brechin City: Brennan, McGeever, Spark, Burns, Blues, Orsi, C Tapping, E Smith, Morena, Jackson, Hendry (Melingui 84).
Not used: Hill, J Tapping, Dailly, Sinclair, Lynas and O’Neil.

Stranraer: Currie, Higgins (Donnelly 55), McDonald, Brownlie, D Smith, Hamill, Cummins, McManus, Turner, Cameron (Anderson 71), Layne (Crossan 55).
Not used: McGowan, I Smith, Diver and Avci.
Last five meetings

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Brechin City 1 Stranraer 1 (C Tapping; Donnelly) at Glebe Park on September 29, 2018
Brechin City 0 Stranraer 0 at Glebe Park on April 22, 2017
Stranraer 2 Brechin City 0 (Gibson and Malcolm) at Stair Park on February 25, 2017
Brechin City 2 Stranraer 0 (Love and McLennan) at Glebe Park on December 17, 2016
Stranraer 0 Brechin City 1 (Jackson) at Stair Park on October 1, 2016

Last five games

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LOSS v Dumbarton (H): 0-3 
DRAW v Arbroath (A): 1-1 (Turner)
LOSS v East Fife (H): 3-4 (Anderson, Cameron and Victoria)
LOSS v Partick Thistle (A): 4-1 (Crossan)
LOSS v Forfar Athletic (A): 2-1 (Cameron)

Brechin City

WIN v Airdrieonians (A): 0-1 (Jackson)
LOSS v Montrose (A): 5-2 (Smith and Toshney)
WIN v Raith Rovers (H): 2-1 (Smith and Kavanagh)
WIN v Dumbarton (H): 1-0 (J Tapping)
LOSS v Arbroath (A): 1-0

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Dumbarton: Currie, McDonald, Brownlie, Smith (Lamont 72), Hamill, McManus, Turner, Anderson, Cameron, Victoria (Elliott 60), Crossan (O’Keefe 60).
Not used: McCann and Avci.

Brechin City lineup v Airdrieonians: O’Neil, McLean, McGeever, Hill, Scobbie, Sinclair (Lynas 83), Smith, Robertson, Thomson, Jackson, Kavanagh.
Not used: Tapping, Orsi, Morena and Costello.


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STRANRAER will be looking to end an unwanted record on Saturday.

Referee David Lowe has taken charge of two Stranraer games this campaign, with the Blues yet to win. The last match with Mr Lowe in the middle saw the Blues lose out 3-0 at Airdrie. Leighton McIntosh scored at the beginning and end of the first half before Darryl Duffy wrapped up the win with five minutes to go.

One week after Stranraer lost to the Diamonds, Mr Lowe was in charge of Brechin’s trip to Arbroath. Ryan McCord scored the only goal of the game at Gayfield.

You need to go back to April 2017 for Mr Lowe’s last game in charge at Glebe Park. That saw the hosts emerge as 1-0 winners against Albion Rovers, thanks to Paul McLean’s early second half goal.
Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish

We're back at Stair Park for a home double header on Tuesday and Saturday this coming week.

Normal league entry prices apply, and kickoff on Tuesday night is 7.45pm.

L27 Raith W 

SPFL 3L1 6474

1 Raith Rovers 28 53
2 Falkirk 28 52
3 Airdrieonians 28 48
4 Montrose 28 47
5 East Fife 28 45
6 Dumbarton 28 38
7 Clyde 28 34
8 Peterhead 27 26
9 Forfar Athletic 28 24
10 Stranraer 27 16

2019/20 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Scott Robertson (DEF)
3 - Jordan Allan (DEF)
4 - Adam Cummins (DEF)
5 - Lee Hamilton (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - James Hilton (MID/STR)
8 - Grant Gallagher (MID)
9 - Ryan Stevenson (STR)
10 - Denny Johnstone (STR)
11 - Joao Victoria (MID/STR)

12 - Carlo Pignatiello (DEF/MID)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID/STR)
16 - Lewis McIntyre (DEF)
20 - Jordan Ross (MID)

21 - Dale Burgess (GK)
22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF/MID)
23 - Ryan Thomson (MID)
77 - Andy Stirling (MID)