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THREE points last weekend against Stenhousemuir have helped Stranraer edge that little bit closer to League One safety.

Eight more points over the coming weeks should just about be enough to see Stevie Farrell’s men secure a place away from the bottom two.

The next chance to add to the 32 points on the board comes on Saturday when Arbroath visit Stair Park.

Club captain Jamie Hamill was thrilled with the result at Ochilview and was hoping his side could pick up another good result against Dick Campbell’s title chasing table toppers.

He said: “I think, obviously, when you look at the gap at the bottom of the league, the result against Stenhousemuir is a good result.

“It is a good result for us considering it puts us a couple of points away from Dumbarton as well.

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“It is a good result, a good team performance and it is good to get a clean sheet and another away victory.”

The clean sheet was Stranraer’s first of 2019, with the last coming at the C&G Systems Stadium, on December 23.

Hamill added: “We look towards trying to get clean sheets throughout the season but they have been few and far between.

“But, it is a building block now.

“At the end of the day, I don’t think it matters how we pick up three points.

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“If we win 4-3 you would not say ‘what about the clean sheet?’

“At this stage of the season, it is all about points on the board.”

Now, attention turns to Stranraer welcoming Arbroath to Stair Park.

The visitors were 1-0 winners earlier in the season when Adam Cummins was unfortunate in poking the ball past Max Currie.

Hamill said: “It will be a difficult game but one we are looking forward to.

“We have got a not bad record against them.”

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The former Kilmarnock man is one of the senior members of the squad.

The fact a number of members of Stevie Farrell’s squad are still in the infancy of their careers has been regularly highlighted.

The influence and experience of players like Grant Anderson and Hamill has been vital in helping steer the squad in the right direction at times.

Hamill has played more minutes than anyone in the squad this term and is keen to play on next season.

However, he stressed any contract talk was firmly off the table until Stranraer’s safety was sealed.

The defender said: “I want to play for as long as I can and if the manager wants me here I will be happy here.

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“It is not right for me to comment when we have eight or nine games to go.

“They are massive games and hopefully we can put this to bed.

“Then, hopefully, we can get as many points on the board and then come the summer I will be happy to be at Stranraer, if the gaffer says so.

“At the end of the day, we are a long way from that.”

Photos: Bill McCandlish, George Frank

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)