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STRANRAER boss Stevie Farrell is predicting a game to remember today (Saturday) when Arbroath visit Stair Park for the first time in more than three years.

The Red Lichties returned to League One with promotion last term and have made an impressive start to the new campaign.

Dick Campbell's men sit one place above the Blues in third and Farrell said: "I think it will be a good game.

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"The league positions say that and they are above us on goal difference and have started the season well.

"But it does not matter who we play at Stair Park - we need to be competitive, difficult to beat and believe we can win.

"Whether that is against Ayr United, Queen's Park, Raith Rovers, Arbroath or any of the other teams in the league.

"We need to make it difficult and believe we can win.

"If we can do those things then we have got a chance of getting a positive result."

Both sides come into the game with impressive records they will be looking to uphold.

The hosts, who will again be without the suspended Scott Robertson, have won their last three games and only tasted defeat twice at Stair Park in the league since Farrell returned to the club at the end of January.

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Meanwhile, the visitors enjoyed a 5-0 win away to rivals Forfar Athletic last time out.It is that away league form that has been pivotal to their recent success, with no defeat on the road in the league since last September.

Arbroath were not the only team enjoying a big away win last weekend though, with the Blues putting four past Albion Rovers.

Farrell said: "The performance was very good, particularly away from home; that's the pleasing thing.

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"To do that at a difficult venue and a difficult environment was very, very pleasing.

"The manner in which we won and the first half performance with and without the ball, that is something I want my teams to do.

"That intensity to get the ball back and when we have got the ball to play it with purpose.

"The first half in particular, we did that."

Last meeting
Arbroath 4-2 Stranraer
League 1, 12 April 2014

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A BAD day at the office was the result the last time Stranraer travelled north to Gayfield.

The Blues went into the game on the back of a six-game winless streak, although the last three games had each finished 1-1. Unfortunately, the run, which would go on to stretch to nine games, continued at the hands of Arbroath.

A horror five minute spell either side of the half-time whistle ultimately proved Stranraer's undoing. Ex-Blue Paul McManus scored right on the half time break before Alan Cook doubled the advantage within 60 seconds of the restart. He made it 3-0 on 49 minutes before Sean Winter quickly pulled one back.

It looked a tough ask at that point and any hope of an impressive comeback was knocked on the head ten minutes from time when Paul Sheerin scored.

One small crumb of comfort came in stoppage time when striker Adam Forde scored his first-ever senior goal.

Stranraer: Mitchell, S Robertson, Docherty, Rumsby, MacGregor, Bell, Winter, Gallagher, Borris (A Stirling 63), McKenna (Forde 77), Longworth (Grehan 50).Not used: Kinnaird, S Stirling and Fahey.

Arbroath: Morrison, Travis, Hamilton, McGeever, Keddie, Nicoll, Chisholm, Sheerin (D Robertson 81), Linn, McManus (Yao 81), Cook (Banjo 72).Not used: Little, Deuchar, Scott and Wood.

Last five meetings

- 4-2 (McManus, Cook x2 and Sheerin; Winter and Forde) at Gayfield on April 12, 2014
- 1-1 (Gallagher; McManus) at Stair Park on February 15, 2014
- 1-2 (Doris; Longworth and Aitken) at Gayfield on December 7, 2013
- 3-2 (Grehan x2 and Longworth; Erwin and Cook (P)) at Stair Park on October 5, 2013
- 1-0 (Sheerin) at Gayfield on April 20, 2013

Stranraer's last five games

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WIN v Albion Rovers (A): 0-4 (Agnew x3 (Px2) and Wood)
WIN v Airdrieonians (H): 3-1 (Anderson x2 and Agnew (P))
WIN v Partick Thistle U-20s (H): 2-0 (Wallace and Stoney)
DRAW v Queen's Park (A): 2-2 (Wallace and Anderson)
LOSS v Ayr United (H): 3-4 (Wallace and Thomson x2)

Arbroath's last five games

WIN v Forfar Athletic (A): 0-5 (McCord x2 (P), O'Brien, Hester and Linn (P))
LOSS v Albion Rovers (H): 1-4 (Hester)
WIN v Ayr United (A): 1-2 (Kader and Whatley)
LOSS v East Fife (H): 2-3 (Doris and Denholm)
LOSS v Dunfermline Athletic (A) 2-0

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Albion Rovers: Belford, Hamill, Dick, Barron, Neill, Bell, Thomson, Woods (Turner 84), Agnew (Stoney 85), Anderson (Okoh 76), R Wallace.
Not used: Lang, McGowan, T Wallace and Currie.

Arbroath lineup v Forfar Athletic: Hutton, Henry, Gold, Hamilton, O'Brien, Whatley (Little 84), Kader (Hester 79), Yule, McCord (Fraser 78), Denholm, Linn.
Not used: Prunty and Gomes.

Referee

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It was almost six weeks ago that Grant Irvine last took charge of a Stranraer game.

The referee was in charge at Broadwood as the Blues came from 2-0 to defeat Clyde 3-2 after extra time. Martin McNiff scored early in the first half for the hosts and former Blue Smart Osadolor did the same in the second period. That looked like being game over for Stranraer before Scott Agnew fired home from the penalty spot. Things were level four minutes late when Grant Anderson's shot deflected in off Jordan Stewart before Ryan Wallace got his first Stranraer goal in extra time.

Although Irvine has been involved in other Stranraer games, this will be his first time in the middle at Stair Park.

He is also no stranger to Arbroath. He took charge when Dick Campbell's men visited Alloa Athletic in the group phase of the Betfred Cup, with another ex-Stranraer man - Frank McKeown - cancelling out Blair Yule's first half strike. Arbroath would go on to win the tie on penalties.

Admission

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Entry prices are as follows:

Adult £15, Concessions (65+) £10, Secondary School £5, Primary School FREE.

Coverage

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Photo credit: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish, Graham Black.

SPFL 3L1 6474

 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Raith Rovers 9 22
2 Ayr United 9 17
3 Albion Rovers 9 15
4 East Fife 9 15
5 Arbroath 9 14
6 Stranraer 9 14
7 Airdrieonians 9 11
8 Alloa Athletic 9 9
9 Queen's Park 9 5
10 Forfar Athletic 9 5

Fixtures

GK  Cameron Belford
GK  Max Currie
DEF  Liam Dick
DEF  David Barron
DEF  Morgyn Neill
DEF  Tom Lang
DEF  Chris McGowan
DEF  Sam Lidington
D/M  Jamie Hamill
D/M  Scott Robertson
D/M  Steven Bell
MID  Ryan Thomson
MID  Scott Agnew
MID  Kyle Turner
MID  Cameron Elliott
MID  Grant Anderson
M/S  Paul Woods
STR  Ryan Wallace
STR  Stephen Okoh
STR  Danny Stoney

00 Stranraer FC 2015 Logo
3 Number Lotto
Sunday 15 October 2017

Numbers: 1, 12, 19

4 winners at £250:

J. McCrindle, Stranraer
D. Dante, Stranraer
J. Burton, Drummore
A. Cottam, Lanark