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STRANRAER boss Stevie Farrell has urged his side to rid the inconsistency which has blighted their season.

The Blues have won four, lost four and drawn two of their opening ten league games and find themselves three points outside of the play-offs.

Tomorrow (Saturday) sees Queen's Park make the trip down the A77, likely via Newton Stewart, for league game 11.

The spoils were shared in their previous encounter at Hampden Park, with Ryan Wallace and Grant Anderson firing the visitors into a 2-0 lead with less than 10 minutes on the clock.

The Spiders would bounce back though and grab a point deep into injury time.

Farrell said: "The first 35 minutes we were streets ahead of them.

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"The last 30 minutes they were streets ahead of us.

"It probably illustrated where we have been this season.

"At times, we have been so far in front and others we have let teams back into it.

"At Stair Park, we fancy ourselves as a tough nut to crack.

"If we start the game well and play with the intensity we like to play and get at Queen's Park from the word go, we can get a positive result."

One bit of good news for the Stair Park fans is the return of Liam Dick.

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The left back missed the trip to Somerset Park but has trained all week and comes back into contention.

Fellow defender Steven Bell is also available after his red card against Ayr was rescinded during the week.

However, the Blues will be without Scott Robertson, who is starting a three match ban, after his red card in the 2-0 defeat.

Farrell said: "I went up and made my representations about Steven's sending off and glad to say it was successful.

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"I always felt we would be and after seeing the video footage I was confident as well."

The two red cards came with the Blues already trailing at Somerset Park.

A decent first half performance gave the travelling support hope but, unfortunately, they never got going after the half time break.

Farrell, who felt his side got what they deserved in the end, said: "I thought in the first half we were good in shape and defended really well against a strong side.

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"At half time, I said to Chris Aitken and Alan Waddell (assistant manager and first team coach respectively) that we had weathered the storm.

"They had the wind behind them in the first half and I just felt it was game on.

"We spoke to the team and stressed to get the ball wide, in the box and shots at the keeper but we never got going."


Last meeting
Queen's Park 2-2 Stranraer
26 August 2017

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A NEAR perfect start was cancelled out with a nightmare finish when Stranraer visited Hampden earlier this season.

Less than a minute was on the clock when Ryan Wallace's deflected strike flew past William Muir to give Stranraer the lead. Things got even better minutes later when Grant Anderson got his first goal for the club with a ferocious strike from outside the box.

The Blues had chances to make it three but were punished before the break when Anton Brady pulled one back with a shot from distance.

If Stranraer were impressive in the first half, they never got going after the break. The Spiders piled pressure on a creaking Stranraer defence and Sean Burns' teasing cross went through Cameron Belford and struck the unfortunate Morgyn Neill before trickling over the line.

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

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.

Last five meetings

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- 2-2 (Brady and OG; Wallace and Anderson) at Hampden Park on August 26, 2017
- 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

Stranraer's last five games

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LOSS v Ayr United (A): 2-0
N/A v Raith Rovers (H): 1-1 (Agnew, match abandoned)
WIN v Alloa Athletic (H): 2-0 (Wallace and Hamill)
LOSS v Dumbarton (A): 2-1 (Okoh)
DRAW v Forfar Athletic (A): 1-1 (Stoney)

Queen's Park's last five games

LOSS v Alloa Athletic (H): 0-4
WIN v Albion Rovers (A): 0-1 (Orr)
DRAW v Forfar Athletic (H): 1-1 (Donnelly)
LOSS v Airdrieonians (A): 4-2 (Docherty x2)
LOSS v Ayr United (H): 0-2

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Ayr: Belford, Robertson, Neill (Gray 73), Hamill, Woods, Bell, Agnew (Stoney 73), Anderson, Turner (Okoh 81), Thomson, Wallace.
Not used: Barron, Lang, McGowan and Currie.

Queen's Park lineup v Alloa: Muir, Millen, Summers, Green (Duff 67), Cummins, Iredale, Fotheringham, Docherty, Orr (Galt 45), Donnelly, Brady (Burns 35).
Not used: Gibson, McVey, MacLennan and White.

Referee

David Lowe

A trip to Bayview on 1 April 2017, was the last time David Lowe was in the middle of an Queen's Park game, but it is not likely one that will have stuck in the memories of many people. The game finished goalless, with a pair of yellow cards about the only excitement for the referee.

You have to go back even further to find Mr Lowe's last game involving Stranraer and that was a visit to Stair Park on July 19, 2016.

East Stirlingshire were the visitors that day and took a surprise lead through Jamie Glasgow. The home side would battle back with Craig Malcolm equalising four minutes later. The game looked destined to end in a draw but Frank McKeown and Kyle Turner were on hand to secure the win with two injury time strikes.

Travel info

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The A77 is closed for repair works between Girvan and Stranraer for the whole weekend from 8pm on Friday evening.

If you're travelling south for the game, please follow the diversion via Newton Stewart.

Admission

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Entry prices at Stair Park are as follows:

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

Coverage

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Follow the Blues on Twitter at @StranraerFC for live updates throughout the afternoon.

Photos: Stranraer FC, Queen's Park.

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Ayr United 12 26
2 Raith Rovers 11 26
3 Alloa Athletic 13 21
4 Arbroath 13 20
5 East Fife 13 18
6 STRANRAER 12 17
7 Albion Rovers 13 16
8 Airdrieonians 13 15
9 Forfar Athletic 13 12
10 Queen's Park 13 8

Fixtures


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Sunday 12 November 2017

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