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STARKS Park has not been a happy hunting ground for Stranraer in recent years.

It is eight years since the Blues made the trip to Kirkcaldy, when a Michael Mullen strike was not enough to cancel out goals in the first minute of either half from Graham Weir and Craig Wilson.

In fact, you need to go back ten years for the last time the Blues got a point at Starks Park and even further for their last win there.

Stranraer boss Stevie Farrell said: "It is one of the toughest venues we will go to this season.

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"It was a tough venue in the Championship, never mind in League One.

"They were a club who are probably in a false position in terms of the league they are in.

"They will be out to prove they deserve to go straight back, and we will go and be sensible."

It is a near full squad for the Blues, with Chris McGowan the only real doubt. The young full back is not expected to shake off a knock and could be replaced by a member of the under 20 squad.

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Rovers picked up a point away to Alloa in the league opener and will be out to create a strong home form. Meanwhile, the Blues will be looking to build on their victory over East Fife last time out.

Stranraer were impressive at Stair Park, with Jamie Hamill scoring midway through the second half.

Farrell said: "Last week was good.

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"Obviously, the first league game of the season, you look to get a win under your belt, particularly being at home.

"It was important to get a home win and I thought we thoroughly deserved it.

"We created lots of chances but at 0-0, or even 1-0, East Fife are still in the game."

It was the league debut in a Stranraer shirt for a number of the players, including Ryan Wallace.

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The frontman was up against his former club - and will be again tomorrow (Saturday) - and forced Ryan Goodfellow into action on a number of occasions.

Although he did not score, he was central to Hamill's goal.

Farrell said: "I thought Ryan was exceptional.

"Even if you look at the goal, Ryan spins Mark Docherty at the halfway line and he can go either way but he goes to the right side and plays in Jamie.

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"He goes through and scores a magnificent goal.

"The only thing missing from Ryan is a goal but that will come."


Last meeting

Stranraer 0-3 Raith Rovers
4 April 2009

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TIMES were tough for Stranraer towards the end of the 2008/09 season.

The Blues were heading towards relegation after a campaign which ultimately saw them pick up just three wins from 36 games. In contrast, Raith would hold off the challenge of Ayr United to win the league title.

The Kirkcaldy side's last visit to Stair Park came in April 2009, with Keith Knox's squad already stretched. Duncan Crossthwaite was in goals after Scott Black had left, with a number of local faces also in the team.

Iain Williamson opened the scoring for the visitors and ex-Hearts man Robert Sloan doubled the advantage before the break. Stranraer managed to hold firm until five minutes from full time when Steve Hislop found the net.

Stranraer: Crossthwaite, Noble, Wilson, McKinstry, Mitchell, Kane, Frizzel, McColm, McBride (Miller 89), McConalogue, Paisley (Whorlow 77).
Not used: Creaney, Aitken and Watt.

Raith Rovers: McGurn, Wilson, Ellis, Andrews, Lumsden, Ferry, Sloan, Simmons, Weir (Hislop 82), Williamson (Walker 73), Smith (Wales 68).
Not used: Cook and O'Connor.

Last five meetings

- 0-3 (Williamson, Sloan and Hislop) at Stair Park on April 4, 2009
- 2-1 (Weir and Wilson; Mullen) at Starks Park on January 17, 2009
- 0-2 (Wales and Smith) at Stair Park on October 25, 2008
- 2-1 (Campbell and Smith; Tade) at Starks Park on August 23, 2008
- 0-0 at Starks Park on March 31, 2007

Stranraer's last five games

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East Fife (H): 1-0 (Hamill)
Partick Thistle (A): 1-0
Livingston (H): 2-4 (Neill and Agnew)
Cumbernauld Colts (A): 1-1 (Trialist)
Airdrieonians (A): 3-1 (Robertson)

Raith Rovers' last five games

Alloa Athletic (A): 1-1 (Vaughan)
Cowdenbeath (H): 2-0 (Vaughan and Buchanan)
Buckie Thistle (A): 1-6 (Vaughan x2, Spence, Buchanan x2 and Matthews)
Dundee (H): 1-2 (Vaughan)
Dundee United (A): 2-0

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v East Fife: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Barron, Neil, Bell, Hamill, Anderson, Turner (Woods 66), Thomson (Agnew 66), Wallace (Okoh 81).
Not used: Lang, McGowan, Stoney and Currie.

Raith Rovers lineup v Alloa Athletic: Lennox, Thomson, Murray, Benedictus, McKay (McHattie 46), Callachan, Robertson (Court 80), Matthews (Barr 46), Spence, Buchanan, Vaughan.
Not used: Trialist, Berry, Watson, Osei-Opoku and Brian.

Referee

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It's almost 12 months since the Blues were involved in a game featuring Mike Roncone. The referee was the man in the middle when Stranraer travelled to Bayview Stadium under Brian Reid. Jamie Insall scored either side of the half time break to ensure the home side emerged victorious.

Tomorrow will also mark the first time he has been in the middle for a game involving Raith Rovers.

Admission

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Stranraer fans will be housed in the Turnbull Hutton Stand.

Admission is priced as follows: Adults £15, Student/Jobseeker £10, Over 65 £8, Disabled/Carer £8, U16 £5.

Please note, all concession tickets must be purchased at the ticket office.

Coverage

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Follow live updates from Starks Park on Twitter at @StranraerFC.

Reserves

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If you can't make it to Kirkcaldy, Stranraer Reserves are in action at Stair Park on Saturday afternoon against Mid Annandale in the South of Scotland League, kicking off at 3pm.

Admission is £4 for adults, £2 for senior citizens (65+) and secondary pupils, and free for primary school kids and Stranraer season ticket holders.

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Raith Rovers 6 16
2 Ayr United 6 10
3 Arbroath 6 10
4 Stranraer 6 10
5 Albion Rovers 6 9
6 East Fife 6 9
7 Alloa Athletic 6 8
8 Airdrieonians 6 7
9 Queen's Park 6 4
10 Forfar Athletic 6 3

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