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ANGUS Beith is in line to make his Stranraer debut this afternoon (Saturday) as the Blues travel to Gayfield.

The midfielder has joined on a 93-day emergency loan from Hearts and will be aiming to help his new side pick up their first away win since 16 September.

Stevie Farrell was pleased with the addition to the squad, with Scott Robertson and Scott Agnew still missing.

He said: "It is not costing us anything.

"We are not in a position to bring in anyone on anything.

"I was given the option and the deal to bring Angus in was something I was really keen on.

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"I like him and he has played and represented Scotland at various levels and played for the Hearts first team.

"Craig Levein rates him highly and the under-20s coaches rate him highly as well.

"He has been out on loan at Stirling Albion and Stenhousemuir so he has got lower league experience.

"It is a good fit and not costing the club any money - it was a no brainer."

The 21-year-old is part of the Stranraer squad until January 20 and will be aiming to ensure they get back to winning ways.

Arbroath were the big winners the last time the two sides met at Stair Park.

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A 6-2 victory for Dick Campbell's men was potentially the low point of the season for Farrell's men but the Stranraer boss was not looking for revenge - simply three points.

An away victory would cut the gap between the two sides to three points, with Stranraer still having two games in hand following last Saturday's postponement against Albion Rovers.

Speaking about last weekend, the manager said: "We were in the middle of the team talk when there was a chap at the door.

"That is all you can do - prepare right and professionally - when a referee makes a decision.

"We have trained on Tuesday and Thursday and we are looking forward to the match.

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"Hopefully, the weather is kind.

"There was a doubt in my mind last weekend as to whether the game would be on.

"There is a section on the far side of the park, ever since I have been at Stranraer, that far right hand side, which was causing some concern.

"Some players were out with forks to try to get the game on and they were out helping the groundsman.

"We wanted the game on but even the players had said it was really soggy and wet in that corner."


Last meeting
Stranraer 2-6 Arbroath
23 September 2017

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IF THE victory over Albion Rovers mentioned last week was the highlight of the season, the first meeting against Arbroath is arguably the low point.

Stranraer came in on the back of the 4-0 victory at Cliftonhill but were thumped by Dick Campbell's men.

Jamie Hamill could not keep out Thomas O'Brien's looping header and Danny Denholm smashed past Cameron Belford just 90 seconds later to put the visitors well in control.

Stranraer pulled one back when Ryan Thomson fired home at the second attempt and the pivotal moment came just after the half hour mark.

Ryan Wallace hit both posts with David Hutton beaten but Arbroath quickly countered and Ryan McCord scored his first of the day. The first half goalfest was not quite over though as Denholm weaved his way along the 18-yard box before thumping home an unstoppable fourth.

Arbroath refused to sit back after the break and McCord got his second after scoring from a tight angle.

Substitute Stephen Okoh then set up Scott Agnew for a simple tap in but fittingly Arbroath rounded off the scoring, McCord making it six from the penalty spot after David Barron was penalised for wrestling with Colin Hamilton.

Stranraer: Belford, Dick, Barron, Neill, Hamill, Woods (Turner 19), Bell, Agnew, Anderson (Okoh 63), Thomson, Wallace (Stoney 80).
Not used: Lang, McGowan, Elliott and Currie.

Arbroath: Hutton, Henry, Gold, Hamilton, O'Brien, Whatley, Kader (Fraser 74), Yule, McCord (Swankie 72), Denholm, Linn (Hester 84).
Not used: Prunty, Little and Douglas.

Last five meetings

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- 2-6 (Thomson and Agnew; O'Brien, Denholm x2 and McCord x3) at Stair Park on September 23, 2017
- 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) at Stair Park on October 5, 2013

Stranraer's last five games

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LOSS v Brora Rangers (H): 0-1
LOSS v Airdrieonians (A): 2-0
WIN v Queen's Park (H): 3-0 (Anderson, Bell, Wallace)
LOSS v Ayr United (A): 2-0
WIN v Alloa Athletic (H): 2-0 (Wallace and Hamill)

Arbroath's last five games

WIN v Forfar Athletic (H): 2-1 (McIntosh and Linn)
WIN v Berwick Rangers (H): 3-0 (Hamilton and McIntosh x2)
WIN v Queen's Park (A): 0-2 (Swankie and Hamilton)
LOSS v Ayr United (H): 1-4 (Swankie)
LOSS v East Fife (A): 3-1 (Linn)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Brora Rangers: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Barron, Neill, Hamill, Woods (Turner 65), Bell, Anderson (Okoh 81), Thomson, Wallace.
Not used: Lang, McGowan, Elliott, Stoney and Currie.

Arbroath lineup v Forfar Athletic: Hutton, Little, Hamilton, O'Brien, Yule, Whatley, Linn, Martin (Prunty 82), McCord, McIntosh (Hester 77), Denholm (Gold 25).
Not used: Henry and Gomes.

Referee

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It's a first trip to Gayfield this season for Graham Beaton, who last took charge of a game in Arbroath in the Scottish Cup more than 12 months ago.

The whistler took charge of two games at Gayfield last term, with the home side picking up two wins out of two. The most recent was in the cup and saw Dick Campbell's men knock a Stirling University team featuring former Blue Ryan Marshall out of the competition. Colin Hamilton, Bobby Linn and Steven Doris were all on target in the first half as the hosts bounced back from an early Chris Geddes goal to win 3-1.

The last time Mr Beaton was in the middle of a Stranraer match it was even further north - Balmoor. The Blues and hosts Peterhead were battling to avoid relegation and Rory McAllister opened the scoring with a fiercely struck free-kick after just eight minutes.

The Blues were only behind for ten minutes though as Craig Malcolm scored before Scott Robertson edged Stranraer in front after a fine team goal. That was how the scores stayed until deep into stoppage time when Jamie Redman salvaged a point.

Admission

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Set your sat nav for DD11 1QB. On street parking is available near the ground.

Admission is £14 for adults, £8 for concessions, and £17 for an adult and child.

Coverage

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As ever, you can follow the Blues on Twitter at @StranraerFC for live updates throughout the afternoon.

And finally...

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If you don't fancy the 8 hour round trip to Arbroath, Stranraer Reserves are in action at Stranraer Academy 3G against Upper Annandale, kickoff 2pm.

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Ayr United 16 38
2 Raith Rovers 14 32
3 Alloa Athletic 16 24
4 Arbroath 15 23
5 East Fife 16 22
6 STRANRAER 14 21
7 Airdrieonians 15 18
8 Albion Rovers 14 16
9 Forfar Athletic 16 12
10 Queen's Park 16 11

Updated 9/12/17 at 10pm

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