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Scorers: Queen's Park - Brady (38) and Neill OG (90+1); Stranraer - Wallace (1) and Anderson (8)

STRANRAER'S Achilles Heel was again exploited as defensive frailties once again cost them points.

Stevie Farrell's men looked to be cruising towards three points after two goals in the opening eight minutes.

But, the Spiders fought back to secure a point, with an impressive second half showing while Stranraer failed to get going.

The Blues have been slow out of the blocks in recent games but were lightning quick at Scotland's national stadium.

Less than a minute was on the clock when Ryan Wallace tried his luck from outside the box.

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His shot took a wicked deflection, which spun beyond the reach of William Muir and in off the post.

Things got even better just seven minutes later when Grant Anderson got his first goal for the club.

There was no deflection this time though, with a slack defensive header falling into the path of the winger.

He still had plenty to do but Muir was left with no chance as Anderson's fierce drive flew past him.

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The Blues had chances to extend their lead with the best coming to ex-Queen's Park man Paul Woods but it would be the Spiders who got the final goal of the half.

Anton Brady, who scored at Stair Park last term, collected the ball in midfield and his placed shot was just out of the reach of Cameron Belford.

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Scores were nearly level again three minutes after the restart when Sean Burns' cross almost caught out Belford at his near post.

The number one did well to claw it out and Stranraer somehow survived a spot of pinball in the box to hold on to the lead.

Bryan Wharton then hit the post for the home side as they turned up the heat on an increasingly defensive and nervy looking Stranraer.

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That is not to say it was all-one way traffic with the Blues having the occasional chance to put the game to bed.

Woods could have done so but blazed over after Ryan Thomson's knockdown and substitute Ewan MacPherson then struck the post at the other end.

Time was ticking away and the game had entered into stoppage time when the Spiders would find their leveller.

Burns again put in a teasing cross, which Belford failed to get a hold of and the ball ricocheted off the unfortunate Morgyn Neill and trickled over the line.

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It was the second week in a row that Stranraer had been hit by a late blow.

However, that is not to say Queen's Park were lucky in getting a point.

They were much improved in the second half and more than warranted getting something from the game.

Stranraer started well but faded and became increasingly defensive and could not hold out for a confidence boosting win.

Queen's Park: Muir, Millen, Burns, Wharton, Cummins, Bailey, Galt, Fotheringham (Duff 68), Orr (MacPherson 63), Brady, McVey (Green 62).
Not used: Gibson, Docherty, Whelan and White.

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Neill, Hamill, Bell, Turner (Okoh 76), Woods (Stoney 83), Wallace, Anderson (Trialist 46), Thomson.
Not used: McGowan, McKinlay, Scott and Currie.

Referee: David Munro
Attendance: 595
HT: 1-2

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


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