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CHANGES could be made as Stranraer head to Broadwood in the first round of the IRN-BRU Cup.

The Blues travel to face Clyde for the first time in four years on the back of a defeat to Raith Rovers on Saturday.

There is no time to dwell on the disappointment though, as they face Jim Chapman's men on Tuesday evening.

Stevie Farrell hinted there could be changes to the starting lineup.

He said: "I think the players that have not been playing will quite rightly be asking questions if I don't do that after the second half performance.

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"We will look at it, we will analyse it and I'm not going to jump into a decision.

"We have played well for a game and a half in this league.

"For 90 minutes last week against East Fife and the first half today (Saturday), I thought we were really good but second half, not good enough."

That could see players like Stephen Okoh, Paul Woods, Danny Stoney and Scott Agnew, as well as Tom Lang - who is back from injury - given chances, having found themselves on the bench in recent weeks.

The Bully Wee have had an inconsistent start to the season with three wins and three defeats.

Twice they have beaten Annan Athletic - with the other victory coming against Dumbarton - and they were 2-1 winners over the Galabankies on Saturday, with ex-Stranraer man Smart Osadolor among the goals.

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Stranraer had started their own league season with victory over East Fife last weekend but came undone in Kirkcaldy.

Lewis Vaughan scored just before half time to put Barry Smith's men in front and he added to his tally, along with Greig Spence, to wrap up the win after the break.

Farrell's side had matched their opponents for much of the opening 45 minutes but Vaughan's first goal was to prove crucial.

The Stranraer boss said: "It was probably a game of two halves from us.

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"I thought in the first half we were the better side.

"I thought, arguably, we were unlucky to be behind at half time.

"Credit to Lewis Vaughan, it is a great bit of individual skill but it is poor from our point of view.

"I thought in the first half we were really, really good.

"I thought in terms of possession and chances we were right at it.

"That was the disappointing thing - at half time there is a bit of optimism, although you are 1-0 down.

"We came out second half and the two goals we gave away are just so cheap.

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"I'm not sure about the third goal, I still think it is offside but if I am wrong then I will admit that.

"I just think the third goal is two or three yards offside but I just think the second goal with the two centre halves and the goalkeeper, somebody has got to take responsibility.

"As long as it is 1-0, you are still in the game but when it goes to 2-0, it is difficult."
Last meeting
Stranraer 4-1 Clyde
10 December 2013

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A DARK midweek night at Stair Park has often been the setting for a cracking game and 10 December 2013, was no exception.

Stranraer and Clyde had drawn 1-1 in the initial Scottish Cup tie at Broadwood with Jamie Longworth cancelling out Kieran MacDonald's opener. In the replay, the Blues would again have to come from behind to progress in the cup.

A goalless first half did nothing to suggest what was to come but the game sparked into life on 54 minutes. A long ball out of the Clyde defence was nodded into the air by Frank McKeown and Kevin Watt fired an unstoppable first-time effort over the stranded David Mitchell.

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The lead lasted barely six minutes with Mark Docherty firing home his only goal for the club from the edge of the box.

Moments later, McKeown put the Blues in front when he was in the right place to turn home Andy Stirling's mis-hit shot.

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The Bully Wee pushed to get back into it and left gaps at the back, which were exploited in the last couple of minutes. Docherty burst out of defence and found Longworth, who cut inside and slotted home the all important third goal.

The final goal came in stoppage time when Martin Grehan latched on to a long ball to round the goalkeeper and slide the ball into the empty net.

Stranraer: Mitchell, Robertson, Docherty, Rumsby, McKeown, Aitken, Borris (Winter 61), Gallagher, McKenna (Grehan 55), Longworth (Forde 89), Stirling.
Not used: MacGregor, Kinnaird, Bell and Fahey.

Clyde: Rajovic, Brown, MacDonald, Gray, McQueen, Frances, Capuano (MacBeth 82), Sweeney (Scullion 76), Daly, McCluskey (Ferguson 68), Watt.
Not used: Marsh and Dickie

Last five meetings

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- 4-1 (Docherty, McKeown, Longworth and Grehan; Watt) at Stair Park on December 10, 2013
- 1-1 (MacDonald; Longworth) at Broadwood Stadium on November 30, 2013
- 2-1 (Brannan and Belkouche (OG); Moore) at Broadwood Stadium on April 7, 2012
- 1-0 (S Stirling) at Stair Park on February 18, 2012
- 1-1 (Neill; Grehan) at Broadwood Stadium on December 26, 2011

Stranraer's last five games

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

Clyde's last five games

Annan Athletic (H): 2-1 (Cuddihy and Osadolor)
Berwick Rangers (A): 3-1 (Goodwillie)
Ayr United (A): 5-1 (Goodwillie)
7Dumbarton (H): 2-1 (Miller and Wright)
Kilmarnock (A): 4-2 (Ramsey and Nicoll)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Raith Rovers: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Barron, Neill, Hamill (Woods 70), Bell, Anderson (Agnew 70), Turner, Thomson (Okoh 70), Wallace.
Not used: Lang, McKinlay, Stoney and Currie.

Clyde lineup v Annan Athletic: Currie, Home, Breslin, Ramsey (Burbidge 89), McNiff, Cuddihy, Miller, Flynn (Wright 73), Nicoll (Osadolor 43), Stewart, Goodwillie.
Not used: Harrison, Wilson, Millar and Belkacem.

Referee

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A 3-0 defeat away to Albion Rovers was the last time Grant Irvine refereed a tie involving Stranraer.

The Blues were not at the races at Cliftonhill, with Steven Bell having to go off injured in the opening half an hour. Things did not get any better with Paul Willis scoring before the break. Ryan Wallace found the net with 15 minutes left before Morgyn Neill scored an unfortunate own goal to wrap up a miserable afternoon.

Seven days beforehand, Irvine was in the middle at Central Park as Cowdenbeath welcomed Clyde. Dale Carrick's goal seven minutes into the second half helped the Blue Brazil to find some momentum on their way to staying up.

Admission

Broadwood Stadium 1

Set your sat nav for G68 9NE.

Access to the Main Stand car park will be restricted to those with accreditation; players, staff and officials, visiting directors, Executive Club members, hospitality guests and those with disability parking badges. All other vehicles will be directed to the West Stand car park.

Fans of Stranraer should enter via turnstile D, you will then be directed to the designated away section at the South end of the stand.

Admission is £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

Coverage

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SPFL 3L1 6474

 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

Fixtures


00 Stranraer FC 2015 Logo
3 Number Lotto
Sunday 13 August 2017

Numbers: 3, 7 and 16

2 winners at £500:

Sid c/o Central Bar, Newton Stewart
Julie, Dunragit