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BLUES keeper Cameron Belford is urging his team to look to the future after being hit for six against Arbroath.

Stranraer's three-game winning streak was brought to an abrupt halt on Saturday with Dick Campbell's men running out comfortable 6-2 winners.

Now, they face a trip to Angus and attempt to get back to winning ways when they face Forfar.

Belford said: "Saturday was definitely not a good day at the office by the standards we have set in recent weeks.

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"That performance fell well below par and below our normal standards but hopefully that is the one for the season.

"You always get one in a season and hopefully that is the one and we will go into training, work hard and go again.

"The good thing, the positive thing is we are still only three points off second.

"We know it is a tight league and we know we will keep working hard."

Stranraer came into the fixture after victories over Partick Thistle's under-20 side, Airdrie and Albion Rovers.

However, they came unstuck against an Arbroath side whose own unbeaten run on their travels in the league stretches back to the beginning of September last year.

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Belford, who joined the club from Wrexham permanently last summer, said: "It was just one of those days where I don't think anything went right for us.

"The decision making was not right, the end product was not right and we had looked to get ourselves back in the game at 2-1 down.

"We missed a great chance when Ryan Wallace hit both posts and then they have come straight up the other end and scored from it.

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"That took the wind out of our sails again and we seem to struggle a wee bit when we concede first in games.

"In the reverse, when we score first, we seem to do really well and we need to iron that out."

The last time Stranraer conceded six - a 6-1 defeat away to Dunfermline at the end of February last year - the Blues would go on a four-game unbeaten run, starting with a victory against, of all teams, Forfar.

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Belford was looking forward to the trip to Station Park, a ground where Stranraer drew on their last visit.

He said: "We had a good chat in the changing room after the Arbroath game and we know what we have got to do and how to respond.

"We will kick on in training and put it right next week.


"Saturday's result is gone now, we lost the game but it is gone.

"The same as the week before when we beat Albion Rovers 4-0 - as soon as the whistle goes and you are in the changing room, the result is gone.

"We look to the next one.

"You cannot look back the way - we look ahead."

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1 Arbroath 6 14
2 Raith Rovers 6 12
3 Airdrieonians 6 9
4 Brechin City 6 8
5 Stranraer 6 8
6 Dumbarton 6 7
7 East Fife 6 7
8 Forfar Athletic 6
9 Stenhousemuir 6 6
10 Montrose 6 6


2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andrew McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
9 - Isaac Layne (STR)

10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)