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GOALSCORER David Smith is hoping Stranraer have turned the corner after picking up another valuable point.

The Blues went through a sticky patch at the turn of the year with five straight defeats.

However, they have now tasted defeat in just one of their last four games, picking up five points along the way.

The latest of those came last night (Tuesday) when Stranraer drew with Stenhousemuir at Stair Park.

Smith said: “We will take the positives from last night.

“It is one defeat in four and I definitely think we have turned that corner.

“We had a wee sticky patch where I think we were playing alright.

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“Up at Forfar, they scored late on and in other games we could have got a point.

“We were 2-0 and 3-1 up against East Fife and we need to see the game out.

“We have shown all season that we are capable of competing against every team in the league.

“Even going up to Arbroath, we got a point and on another day, Adam Cummins had a header and if that goes in, we could have had three points.”

Smith grabbed his first goal for Stranraer during the 1-1 draw with the Warriors.

He said: “It is always nice to score a goal and I suppose it was quite a good goal to get a point for the boys.

“I’m happy to get my first Stranraer goal.

“Hopefully, I’ll get another couple of goals.

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“I don’t normally get that many these days but I will try to get another couple of goals.”

Smith’s strike will likely go down as the latest in first half history at Stair Park.

Fifty-seven minutes were on the clock – following 45 minutes of regulation time plus 12 minutes of stoppage time – when Smith’s deflected effort beat Graeme Smith in the Stenhousemuir goal.

The extra time came following an injury to the linesman.

Former Hearts man Smith, who will face his former club Raith Rovers on Saturday, said: “I must say, that was a first for me – doing a warm-up halfway through the first half.

“Fair play to the guy who came from the stand and went and got changed to become the linesman.

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“It would have been easy to shy away from that, so, fair play to him for coming forward.”

Smith, who turns 26 on Friday, also revealed his brother, Ian, was edging closer to a return to the first team.

The midfielder has not featured since December 22 against Dumbarton, where he came on in the closing stages, after suffering a knee injury.

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish

SPFL 3L1 6474

POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
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)