Match Preview: Stenhousemuir

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STEVIE Farrell insists he will focus purely on Stranraer when they host Stenhousemuir tomorrow (Saturday).

Both sides are desperate for points to improve their chances of avoiding relegation.

However, Stenhousemuir - bottom of the table and five points adrift of Stranraer - know their need for points is becoming increasingly urgent.

Farrell said: "Brown Ferguson will be saying to them that it is one of their last chances.

"We can either go eight points clear of them or they can close to within two points of us.

"It's massive but it's not about them, it's about us.
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"If we go and play the way we can and take the intensity we have since I came back to the club then we can get a result tomorrow."

It is a case of one in and one out tomorrow in terms of team news for the home side.

Goalscorer at Peterhead last weekend Scott Robertson will serve a one game ban but Craig Pettigrew is back from injury.

Pettigrew's return to the club has been stop start with different injury niggles but the former Auchinleck Talbot man could return to the starting line-up tomorrow.

Farrell took time to praise Robertson's goal last weekend at Balmoor, which ended a 53-week drought for the defender.
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The manager said: "It was a great goal and a great team goal.

"We moved it well starting with Scott Agnew and his pass found a great run by David Wilson.

"He played it to Craig Malcolm, who showed great composure, and played it to Scott, who had a great finish.

"It was a great team goal and really, really pleasing."

The goal was enough to put Stranraer well on top at Balmoor but the celebrations were, unfortunately, premature with Jamie Redman popping up with a controversial leveller in second half stoppage time.

Farrell added: "It is as good as we have played as a team.

"We have played a 35 minute spell where we were giving them all sorts of problems and maybe the reality is not the last minute corner but the lesson is not killing it off."
Stenny 14 Jan 2017 005STRANRAER had scored 16 goals in four games against Stenhousemuir going into the tie in January.

The Blues had thumped Brown Ferguson's men 5-0 in the previous meeting at Ochilview and, while there could be no guarantee of the same result, travelling fans could be forgiven for being optimistic as they reached Larbert. Instead, defeat saw the Blues sink to rock bottom.

Brian Reid, in what turned out to be his final match in charge, handed a full debut to Morgyn Neill, a 'second debut' to Craig Pettigrew and third debutant Jack Whittaker was on the bench. However, there were players missing as well. Willie Gibson was injured and Craig Thomson had returned to St Johnstone while Mark McGuigan was only fit enough for the bench. The lack of wingers meant Pettigrew on the right wing and Joe Nuttall on the opposite flank.

It was not a performance to remember for the away fans, who were given a warning when Colin McMenamin's effort was ruled out for offside in the opening five minutes. Stenhousemuir missed more chances but finally broke the deadlock midway through the second half. Kieran Millar was the man to score the only goal as he smashed home an unstoppable shot from a tight angle.
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Last five meetings

- 1-0 (Millar) at Ochilview 14/1/17
- 3-1 (Bell, Thomson and Nuttall; Roy) at Stair Park 19/11/16
- 0-5 (Gibson, Turner, Malcolm x2 and Nade) at Ochilview 15/10/16
- 3-1 (McGuigan x2 and Robertson; Scotland (P)) at Stair Park 19/3/16
- 1-5 (Meechan; Malcolm x3, Longworth and McCloskey) at Ochilview 26/12/15
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Stranraer's last five games (WWDLD)

Peterhead (A): 2-2 (Malcolm and Robertson)
Livingston (H): 0-1
Queen's Park (H): 1-1 (Malcolm)
Airdrieonians (A): 1-2 (Malcolm and Thomson)
Brechin City (H): 2-0 (Gibson and Malcolm)
 
Stenhousemuir's last five games (WLLLL)

Albion Rovers (H): 0-3
Livingston (A): 1-0
Airdrieonians (A): 1-0
Alloa Athletic (A): 2-1 (Grant)
Peterhead (H): 3-1 (Cook, Robertson and McMenamin)
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Last time out


Stranraer lineup v Peterhead: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Barron, Neill, Bell, Thomson, Agnew (McGuigan 89), Wilson (Donald 78), Gibson, Malcolm (Kassarate 81).
Not used: Morena, Turner and Currie.
 
Stenhousemuir lineup v Albion Rovers: Crawford (Bowman 83), McCormack, Summers (Roy 73), Meechan, Kerr, Berry, Duthie, Millar, McMenamin, Robertson (Furtado 72), Cook.
Not used: Hamilton, Grant and Gilhaney.

Referee

David Munro has refereed two Stranraer games this season - away to Queen's Park and at home to Brechin City. On both occasions, the away team emerged with a 1-0 win. Willie Gibson scored the only goal at Hampden Park on Hogmanay and, at the beginning of October, Andy Jackson's goal gave Brechin all three points.
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Admission

Adults £15, Senior Citizens 65 and over £10, Secondary School £5, Primary School FREE.

Coverage

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Pre-match buildup starts just after 2pm, followed by the lineups, with full live updates from 3pm.
STEVIE Farrell insists he will focus purely on Stranraer when they host Stenhousemuir tomorrow (Saturday). Both sides are desperate for points to improve their chances of avoiding relegation. However, Stenhousemuir - bottom of the table and five points adrift of Stranraer - know their need for points is becoming increasingly urgent. Farrell said: "Brown Ferguson will be saying to them that it is one of their last chances. "We can either go eight points clear of them or they can close to within two points of us. "It's massive but it not about them, it is about us. "If we go and play the way we can and take the intensity we have since I came back to the club then we can get a result tomorrow." It is a case of one in and one out tomorrow in terms of team news for the home side. Goalscorer at Peterhead last weekend Scott Robertson will serve a one game ban but Craig Pettigrew is back from injury. Pettigrew's return to the club has been stop start with different injury niggles but the former Auchinleck Talbot man could return to the starting line-up tomorrow. Farrell took time to praise Robertson's goal last weekend at Balmoor, which ended a 53-week drought for the defender. The manager said: "It was a great goal and a great team goal. "We moved it well starting with Scott Agnew and his pass found a great run by David Wilson. "He played it to Craig Malcolm, who showed great composure, and played it to Scott, who had a great finish. "It was a great team goal and really, really pleasing." The goal was enough to put Stranraer well on top at Balmoor but the celebrations were, unfortunately, premature with Jamie Redman popping up with a controversial leveller in second half stoppage time. Farrell added: "It is as good as we have played as a team. "We have played a 35 minute spell where we were giving them all sorts of problems and maybe the reality is not the last minute corner but the lesson is not killing it off." STRANRAER had scored 16 goals in four games against Stenhousemuir going into the tie in January. The Blues had thumped Brown Ferguson's men 5-0 in the previous meeting at Ochilview and, while there could be no guarantee of the same result, travelling fans could be forgiven for being optimistic as they reached Larbert. Instead, defeat saw the Blues sink to rock bottom. Brian Reid, in what turned out to be his final match in charge, handed a full debut to Morgyn Neill, a 'second debut' to Craig Pettigrew and third debutant Jack Whittaker was on the bench. However, there were players missing as well. Willie Gibson was injured and Craig Thomson had returned to St Johnstone while Mark McGuigan was only fit enough for the bench. The lack of wingers meant Pettigrew on the right wing and Joe Nuttall on the opposite flank. It was not a performance to remember for the away fans, who were given a warning when Colin McMenamin's effort was ruled out for offside in the opening five minutes. Stenhousemuir missed more chances but finally broke the deadlock midway through the second half. Kieran Millar was the man to score the only goal as he smashed home an unstoppable shot from a tight angle. Last five meetings: - 1-0 (Millar) at Ochilview 14/1/17 - 3-1 (Bell, Thomson and Nuttall; Roy) at Stair Park 19/11/16 - 0-5 (Gibson, Turner, Malcolm x2 and Nade) at Ochilview 15/10/16 - 3-1 (McGuigan x2 and Robertson; Scotland (P)) at Stair Park 19/3/16 - 1-5 (Meechan; Malcolm x3, Longworth and McCloskey) at Ochilview 26/12/15 Stranraer's last five games: Peterhead (A): 2-2 (Malcolm and Robertson) Livingston (H): 0-1 Queen's Park (H): 1-1 (Malcolm) Airdrieonians (A): 1-2 (Malcolm and Thomson) Brechin City (H): 2-0 (Gibson and Malcolm) Stenhousemuir's last five games: Albion Rovers (H): 0-3 Livingston (A): 1-0 Airdrieonians (A): 1-0 Alloa Athletic (A): 2-1 (Grant) Peterhead (H): 3-1 (Cook, Robertson and McMenamin) Last time out: Stranraer v Peterhead Last starting XI: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Barron, Neill, Bell, Thomson, Agnew (McGuigan 89), Wilson (Donald 78), Gibson, Malcolm (Kassarate 81). Not used: Morena, Turner and Currie. Last time out: Stenhousemuir v Albion Rovers Last starting XI: Crawford (Bowman 83), McCormack, Summers (Roy 73), Meechan, Kerr, Berry, Duthie, Millar, McMenamin, Robertson (Furtado 72), Cook. Not used: Hamilton, Grant and Gilhaney. Referee: David Munro - The man in the middle has refereed two Stranraer games this season - away to Queen's Park and at home to Brechin City. On both occasions, the away team emerged with a 1-0 win. Willie Gibson scored the only goal at Hampden Park on Hogmanay and, at the beginning of October, Andy Jackson's goal gave Brechin all three points.

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Airdrieonians 0 0
2 Albion Rovers
0 0
3 Alloa Athletic 0 0
4 Arbroath 0 0
5 Ayr United 0 0
6 East Fife 0 0
7 Forfar Athletic 0 0
8 Queen's Park 0 0
9 Raith Rovers 0 0
10 STRANRAER 0 0

Fixtures

IN: Grant Anderson (MID, Peterhead), Jamie Hamill (DEF/MID, QOS), Tom Lang (DEF, Dumbarton), Paul Woods (MID/STR, EK), Morgyn Neill (DEF, Livingston), Ryan Wallace (STR, Livingston), Scott Robertson (DEF), David Barron (DEF), Ryan Thomson (MID), Max Currie (GK), Cameron Belford (GK), Steven Bell (MID), Kyle Turner (MID), Scott Agnew (MID)

OUT: Craig Malcolm (Alloa), Willie Gibson (Peterhead), Mark McGuigan (Stenhousemuir), Craig Pettigrew (Auchinleck), Sam McCloskey, Michael Donald, Giuliano Morena, David Wilson, Amadou Kassaraté


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3 Number Lotto
Sunday 25 June 2017

Numbers: 4, 5, 13

3 winners this week, each taking home £335:

G.Moir, Stranraer
Thomson, Stranraer
L.McGeoch, London Road, Stranraer