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HE EXPERIENCED many highs and suffered a few lows during his time at Stranraer, and now Michael Moore is tipping his former side to bounce back this weekend.

The striker knows what it is like to lose to Highland League opposition and was part of the Blues team that lost out to Inverurie Loco Works eight years ago.

However, on the back of Stranraer's defeat to Brora Rangers last weekend, Moore is calling on his former team-mates to get back to winning ways.

He said: "The cup game is done and it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

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"When I lost I was gutted and didn't want to talk to anybody.

"Personally, I was embarrassed and did not want to talk to anyone but it is about how you show your true character and respond to it.

"That is what Stevie Farrell will be saying.

"It is a good opportunity at home and let's make amends for the fans who were at that game.

"Hopefully, they are back for Saturday and Stranraer can make amends."

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Moore, who worked under Farrell and Stevie Aitken during his last season with the Blues in 2013, was playing under Keith Knox when Stranraer lost at Harlaw Park in October 2009.

The result ended Stranraer's cup journey in Knox' first full season in charge, with the Blues going through something of a transformation.

However, they bounced back from their cup disappointment with a victory, at home, with Moore scoring the only goal in the win over Forfar.

The striker, now 36, said: "It is about responding.

"You get back to basics and get everyone working together, with a good work ethic and putting in a shift.

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"You do the simple things well and an opportunity comes and gets you a goal.

"This weekend's game is a great chance to bounce back.

"Albion Rovers are always a tough team to play against and tend to be a physical team and direct, but it is a great opportunity to bounce back."

Coincidentally, Moore's own Scottish Cup journey this season was ended by a Highland League side.

Buckie Thistle were 6-2 winners over BSC Glasgow, who lead the Lowland League, two points ahead of an East Kilbride side featuring ex-Blues in Sean Winter, Martin McBride and Barry Russell.

Moore - who has moved on to coaching - is not the only former Blue at Alloa's Indodrill Stadium, where BSC play their games.

At the helm is Stephen Swift, while the team boasts Ryan Marshall, Lloyd Kinnaird and Martin Grehan.

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Moore said: "We are top of the table and doing really well.

"It is a big commitment and it takes a lot of your time.

"Even though I am not playing anymore it takes a lot of your time."

Photos: Stranraer FC, Michael Moore (Twitter).

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Raith Rovers 16 31
2 Airdrieonians 16 29
3 Falkirk 16 27
4 East Fife 16 26
5 Montrose 16 23
6 Dumbarton 16 21
7 Peterhead 16 19
8 Clyde 16 18
9 Forfar Athletic 16 15
10 Stranraer 16 10


Fixtures

2019/20 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Scott Robertson (DEF)
3 - Jordan Allan (DEF)
4 - Adam Cummins (DEF)
5 - Lee Hamilton (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - James Hilton (MID)
8 - Grant Gallagher (MID)
10 - Leon Murphy (MID)
11 - Ian Smith (MID)
12 - Carlo Pignatiello (MID)
14 - Cameron Elliott (STR)
15 - Robert Jones (STR)

17 - David Smith (DEF)
18 - David Dangana (STR)
21 - Dale Burgess (GK)
22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Ryan Thomson (MID)
77 - Andy Stirling (MID)