L29a Brechin W

CHRIS McGowan, Ian Smith and Mark Lamont are again absent as Stranraer get ready to welcome Brechin City.

Eighth plays ninth at Stair Park tomorrow (Tuesday), with Stevie Farrell able to call upon the same players who went down 3-1 to East Fife on Saturday.

There is no return date for the injured trio, with Lamont struggling with the same ankle injury that his disrupted his season.

One thing both managers will have to contend with in the 7.45pm kick-off is the weather.

Rain and winds of more than 55 miles per hour are predicted for the clash and Farrell said: “I think the weather is going to play a part as it did on Saturday.

“It is going to have an effect but, hopefully, for once, the weathermen are wrong.”

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The Blues welcome a Brechin side who come into the game on the back of three draws on the spin.

In contrast, Stranraer were perhaps unfortunate to surrender their own three game unbeaten run at Bayview Stadium.

Despite the loss, Farrell was happy with his side’s showing.

He said: “Performance wise was good.

“We competed with a team who undoubtedly will be in the play-offs.

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“We were more than a match for them for 89 minutes when the referee makes his decision.

“I think we were still busy remonstrating with that and did not prepare well enough for the corner.”

Liam Watt would score from the set piece, which left Stranraer chasing the game in the final few seconds before Scott Linton curled home a stoppage time free-kick.

That is not to say Stranraer did not have chances of their own, with Grant Anderson coming close either side of the half time whistle.

Now, Stranraer must look to repeat the performance and result they achieved against Barry Smith’s men just last month when Innes Cameron and Jamie Hamill scored.

Last meeting
Brechin City 1-2 Stranraer
23 February 2019

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IT IS only 17 days since Stranraer made the trip to Glebe Park and picked up a 2-1 victory.

The Blues had enjoyed the better of the first half but found themselves a goal down just after the half hour mark. A long ball up field was nodded down by Andy Jackson and swept home from close range by Euan Smith to give the hosts the lead. That advantage would only last two minutes though, with Stranraer pulling level through Innes Cameron’s near post flick. The scores would remain level until the 70th minute when Stranraer found the decisive goal. Captain Jamie Hamill smashed his free-kick through the wall, where it took a deflection to deceive Patrick O’Neil.

Brechin City: O’Neil, McLean, McGeever, Hill, Toshney (Lynas 74), Scobbie, E Smith, Robertson, Thomson, Jackson, Kavanagh.
Not used: Morena, J Tapping and Bowman.

Stranraer: Currie, Brownlie, D Smith, Hamill, Cummins, McManus, Turner, McCann, Anderson, Elliott (Victoria 82), Cameron.
Not used: O’Keefe, Lamont and Avci.
Last five meetings

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Brechin City 1 Stranraer 2 (E Smith; Cameron and Hamill) at Glebe Park on February 23, 2019
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

Last five games

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LOSS v East Fife (A): 3-1 (Turner)
DRAW v Raith Rovers (H): 2-2 (Turner and Victoria)
DRAW v Stenhousemuir (H): 1-1 (D Smith)
WIN v Brechin City (A): 1-2 (Cameron and Hamill)
LOSS v Dumbarton (H): 0-3

Brechin City

DRAW v Forfar Athletic (H): 2-2 (Jackson and Hill)
DRAW v East Fife (H): 0-0
DRAW v Stenhousemuir (A): 1-1 (Orsi)
LOSS v Stranraer (H): 1-2 (E Smith)
WIN v Airdrieonians (A): 0-1 (Jackson)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v East Fife: Currie, Brownlie, D Smith, Hamill, Cummins, McManus, Turner, McCann, Anderson (Crossan 74), Cameron, Victoria (Elliott 66).
Not used: McDonald, O’Keefe and Avci.

Brechin City line-up v Forfar Athletic: O’Neil, McLean, Hill, Toshney, Scobbie, Orsi (Burns 78), E Smith (Miller 84), Robertson, Thomson, Jackson, Kavanagh.
Not used: McGeever, Spark, Lynas, Jamieson and Bowman.

John McKendrick

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FOR the fifth time this season, Stranraer will contest a match with John McKendrick as referee.

The Blues have won one, drawn two and lost one of those encounters, with the last match coming away to Dumbarton three days before Christmas. Kyle Turner was the difference that day with a second half goal.

The last time Mr McKendrick made the journey to Stair Park was on November 10. On that occasion, former Stranraer man Grant Gallagher gave Airdrie the lead, with Kyle Wilkie doubling the advantage early in the second half. Turner pulled one back but the Blues could not find a leveller.

Brechin have only been involved in one match with Mr McKendrick this campaign and that came when Stranraer visited Glebe Park back in September. Callum Tapping put the hosts in front with an impressive free-kick but Luke Donnelly fired home five minutes from time to ensure the points were shared.

Their last away match with Mr McKendrick came in the Championship in April last year. Dunfermline were 4-0 winners on that occasion, with Lee Ashcroft and Fraser Aird scoring before the break and Andy Ryan and Kallum Higginbotham adding goals in the second half.
Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish

We're back at Stair Park on Saturday 23 March to take on title favourites Arbroath.

Kickoff is 3pm, and normal league entry prices apply.

L30 Arbroath W 

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1 Raith Rovers 7 15
2 East Fife 7 15
3 Falkirk 7 14
4 Forfar Athletic 7 10
5 Airdrieonians 7 10
6 Dumbarton 7 10
7 Clyde 7 9
8 Peterhead 7 9
9 Stranraer 7 4
10 Montrose 7 1


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)
8 - Grant Gallagher (MID)
9 - Mark Stewart (STR)
10 - Leon Murphy (MID)
11 - Ian Smith (MID)
12 - Carlo Pignatiello (MID)
14 - Cameron Elliott (STR)
15 - Robert Jones (STR)

17 - David Smith (DEF)
18 - David Dangana (STR)
21 - Dale Burgess (GK)
22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Ryan Thomson (MID)
77 - Andy Stirling (MID)