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TOP SCORER Scott Agnew could miss the next seven games after suffering a knee injury training.

The midfielder is one of three Blues set to miss tomorrow's (Saturday) trip to Hampden Park.

Agnew will be joined on the sidelines by Tom Lang and David Barron, forcing Stevie Farrell into another defensive reshuffle.

Thirty year old Agnew has already found the net against St Mirren, Livingston and Clyde and is expected to be out for four to six weeks.

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Meanwhile, it is hoped Barron, who missed last weekend's tie with Ayr United, could be out for just another week as he battles to overcome a heel injury.

Lang, who started at the heart of the Stranraer defence against the Honest Men, has been ruled out with a thigh strain.

Despite the absences, the manager was looking forward to taking on Queen's Park and said: "We go there and we look to win every game - whether that is home or away.

"It is no different on Saturday.

"The players are going to play at the national stadium and for a part-time club that is great.

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"At this stage of the season, the pitch is going to be magnificent and suit our playing and we will go and pass the ball and enjoy the afternoon.

"There is no better way to enjoy the afternoon than to play well and to try to win the game.

"I'm a great believer that whether the pitch is big or small - it is all about the players, whether it is Hampden or Stair Park."

Chris McGowan, who made his debut in the final game of last season against East Fife, is back in contention though having missed several games through injury.

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Tomorrow's opponents, like Stranraer, will be looking to get their season up and running.

The Spiders enjoyed wins over Edinburgh City and Berwick Rangers in the League Cup but are yet to savour that winning feeling in the league.

Stranraer picked up an opening day victory over East Fife but, after defeats to Raith Rovers and Ayr United, the Blues are looking to hit the winning trail again.

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Farrell said the team had been working hard in training to try to tighten up a defence which had conceded seven goals in its last two league games.

He added: "We've just got to find that right balance.

"We have not found the right mixture in the back six but we will keep tinkering until we get it.

"Once we get that in place, we look a threat going forward."

Last meeting
Stranraer 1-1 Queen's Park
11 March 2017

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STEVIE Farrell's return to the club last season helped Stranraer stave off relegation with an impressive run of form.

The Blues made it a magnificent seven games unbeaten when Queen's Park came visiting to Stair Park. However, they did it the hard way as they came from behind to rescue a point.

The visitors opened the scoring shortly after the half hour mark when David Galt went down under pressure from Scott Robertson and David Wilson. Ross Millen stepped up to fire home the penalty kick and it was not until the last quarter of an hour that Stranraer found their leveller.

Farrell went for broke late on, with Amadou Kassarate and Mark McGuigan joining Craig Malcolm in a three-pronged attack. The risk paid off as McGuigan found space on the edge of the box and played it through to Willie Gibson. The midfielder hooked the ball to the back post and Malcolm volleyed home from close range.

Adam Cummins was sent off late on but the Blues did not have enough time to force the winner.

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Barron, Pettigrew, Bell (McGuigan 69), Agnew, Turner (Kassarate 61), Donald (Turner 11), Thomson, Gibson, Malcolm.
Not used: Maley, Morena, Kemp and Currie.

Queen's Park: Muir, Millen (McIlduff 58), Wharton, McGeever, Cummins, McKernon, McVey, Brady, Galt (MacPherson 78), Burns, Zanatta.
Not used: Foy, Docherty, Brown and Mortimer.

Last five meetings

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- 1-1 (Malcolm; Millen (P)) at Stair Park on March 11, 2017
- 0-1 (Gibson) at Hampden Park on December 31, 2016
- 0-2 (Zanatta and Brady) at Stair Park on November 5, 2016
- 0-2 (Dick and Malcolm) at Hampden Park on September 24, 2016
- 0-4 (Winter x3 and Aitken) at Hampden Park on November 10, 2012

Stranraer's last five games

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Ayr United (H): 3-4 (Wallace and Thomson x2)
Clyde (A): 2-3 (Agnew (P), OG and Wallace)
Raith Rovers (A): 3-0
East Fife (H): 1-0 (Hamill)
Partick Thistle (A): 1-0

Queen's Park's last five games

Alloa Athletic (A): 1-0
Motherwell U-20s (A): 2-1 (Cummins)
Albion Rovers (H): 2-5 (Burns and Orr)
Arbroath (A): 2-0
Berwick Rangers (A): 2-3 (Millen (P), Brady and Galt)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Ayr United: Belford, Robertson (Neill 85), Dick, Lang, Bell, Hamill, Thomson, Agnew (Woods 62), Anderson, Wallace, Okoh (Turner 46).
Not used: McKinlay, McLaughlin, Stoney and Currie.

Queen's Park lineup v Alloa Athletic: Muir, Millen, Wharton, Cummins, Bailey, Burns, Galt, Fotheringham, Brady, McVey, Orr (MacPherson 82).
Not used: Gibson, Green, Docherty, Wheelan, Duff and White.

Referee

David Munro


Stranraer were edging closer towards safety in League One the last time David Munro made the trip to Stair Park.

The Blues welcomed Stenhousemuir, who had their own relegation fears, on 1 April and emerged 3-0 winners.

Scott Agnew scored before the break before Ryan Thomson doubled the advantage 11 minutes into the second half. Jamie McCormack's sending off further dented Brown Ferguson's men's chances of taking something from the game and Amadou Kassaraté scored three minutes from time to wrap up the win.

It was October last year when Munro last visited Hampden Park - and again Stenhousemuir were the opposition. This time the Warriors emerged victorious with Colin McMenamin and Ally Roy adding to Mark Gilhaney's first half strike.

Munro was also the man in the middle when Stranraer beat Queen's Park on Hogmanay.

Admission

Hampden Panorama

Set your sat nav for G42 9BA. Parking is available at the ground.

Queen's Park Bar Bistro will be open to supporters from both clubs from 12pm until 3pm, then after the game until midnight.

Entry prices are as follows:

Adult £14, Seniors (over 65) £5, Student/Unemployed £3, Children (under 16) £3.

Coverage

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Keep up with all the action and back the Blues on Twitter at @StranraerFC.

Stair Park

If you can't make it to Hampden, why not watch Stranraer Reserves take on Abbey Vale at Stair Park in the South of Scotland League.

Kickoff is 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

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