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STRANRAER boss Stevie Farrell says there is no pressure on his team as they head to Ochilview Park.


Eighth plays tenth when the Blues face off against Stenhousemuir, with both teams looking to move away from the bottom of the table.

The manager said: “We are focused on the 27 points left to play for.

“There will be a lot of twists and turns and we are focused on Airdrie and Dumbarton, who are above us in the table.

“We want to put pressure on both and we have a game in hand.”

The Blues travel to Ochilview Park once again without the services of Ian Smith, Chris McGowan and Mark Lamont.

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The manager said Lamont was on course to be back before the end of the season but it looked like McGowan and Smith’s campaigns were over.

Farrell stressed he was not feeling any pressure going into the game against his former club.

He said: “You get to a stage in life and you understand what real pressure is and that helps when you have got that type of experience.

“The younger players might believe it is pressure going to Stenhousemuir on a Saturday but we have worked all week and it is something to look forward to.”

The hosts go into the game on the back of some impressive results since drawing with Stranraer in a midweek clash last month.

A draw at home to Brechin was followed up by a win away to Arbroath and the Warriors were just seconds away from three points at East Fife on Tuesday evening.

Farrell said: “Somebody said to me that they are one of the form teams in the league.

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“Form only lasts a week.

“Regardless of form, you have got the next Saturday to make it right or to fall by the wayside.

“Tomorrow (Saturday), we go and play and compete and we have a good record against Stenhousemuir this season.

“We have seven points out of nine and are unbeaten and we intend to keep that going.”

Perhaps the main talking point ahead of the trip to Stenhousemuir is not the team news or form though – it is the weather.

Once again, snow and heavy rain are a possibility.

Farrell said the team would be ready regardless of the weather following Tuesday night’s postponement.

Both Stranraer and Brechin City squads were travelling down the A77 when the bad news came through that the game would not go ahead.

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The home bus was approaching Maybole when the call came through that the game was off.

Farrell joked: “I have never known so many people to be on their phones looking at weather forecasts.”

The match will now be played on March 26, with both teams hoping the weather will be a little bit kinder.

The manager added: “It is more of an inconvenience for the boys getting away from work early.

“They are going to have to ask their employers to get away early again.”

Last meeting
Stranraer 1-1 Stenhousemuir
26 February 2019

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A LENGTHY delay following an injury to an assistant referee was the main talking point as Stranraer and Stenhousemuir shared a draw just last month.


Fortunately, a South of Scotland official stepped up and the match continued. The next major talking point was in first half stoppage time. Connor Duthie opened the scoring in the seventh minute of stoppage time when he seized on a loose ball to fire home. However, the hosts found a near immediate response when Innes Cameron struck the crossbar. The leveller would come in the twelfth minute of stoppage time with David Smith getting his first goal for the club. Neither team could find the winning goal after the break and so the spoils were shared.

Stranraer: Currie, Brownlie, D Smith, Hamill, Cummins, McManus, Turner, McCann, Anderson (Victoria 64), Elliott (O’Keefe 71), Cameron.
Not used: McDonald, Lamont, McColm and Avci.

Stenhousemuir: G Smith, Reid, Marsh, Munro, Ferry, McBrearty, McGuigan, Duthie, Cook (Dickson 85), Dingwall (Donaldson 70), Hurst.
Not used: Gibbons, Halleran, Watters and McMinn.

Last five meetings

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Stranraer 1 Stenhousemuir 1 (D Smith; Duthie) at Stair Park on February 26, 2019
Stenhousemuir 0 Stranraer 2 (Anderson and Crossan) at Ochilview Park on November 3, 2018
Stranraer 2 Stenhousemuir 0 (Turner and Cameron) at Stair Park on September 15, 2018
Stranraer 3 Stenhousemuir 0 (Agnew, Thomson and Kassarate) at Stair Park on April 1, 2017
Stenhousemuir 1 Stranraer 0 (Millar) at Ochilview Park on January 14, 2017

Last five games

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Stranraer

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

Stenhousemuir

DRAW v East Fife (A): 1-1 (McGuigan)
WIN v Arbroath (A): 0-2 (Marsh and McGuigan)
DRAW v Brechin City (H): 1-1 (Cook)
DRAW v Stranraer (A): 1-1 (Duthie)
LOSS v Forfar Athletic (A): 2-1 (Hurst)

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.

Stenhousemuir line-up v East Fife: G Smith, Reid, Marsh, Munro, Ferry, Gibbons, Halleran (Dickson 45), McGuigan, Duthie (Donaldson 79), Cook, Hurst (Watters 81).
Not used: McBrearty and McMinn.

Referee
Graham Beaton


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IT WAS December 2017 the last time that Graham Beaton was in the middle for a Stranraer game.

That came at Gayfield with the Blues coming from behind after Ryan McCord’s strike to win. Kyle Turner and Angus Beith scored after the break to wrap up three valuable points.

Mr Beaton has been involved in one Stenhousemuir match this season and that came at Ochilview Park in October. It was a topsy-turvy affair with Alan Cook scoring for the hosts before Chris Antoniazzi levelled for Montrose. Colin McMenamin put Stenhousemuir back in front before Andrew Steeves scored one minute from time.

However, there was time for more goal and that came from former Stranraer man Mark McGuigan.

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.

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Airdrieonians 0 0
2 Clyde 0 0
3 Dumbarton 0 0
4 East Fife 0 0
5 Falkirk 0 0
6 Forfar Athletic 0 0
7 Montrose 0 0
8 Peterhead 0 0
9 Raith Rovers 0 0
10 Stranraer 0 0


Key dates


Squad 2019/20

IN:
David Smith (DEF), Max Currie (GK), Connor McManus (DEF/MID), Dale Burgess (GK, Renfrew), Adam Cummins (DEF), Scott Robertson (DEF), Ryan Thomson (MID), Grant Gallagher (MID), Jordan Allan (DEF).

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

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

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