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Scorers: Stranraer - MacPherson (9); Arbroath - Wallace (pen 39, pen 63), McKenna (46), Denholm (83)

STRANRAER were made to pay for slack defending as Arbroath inflicted the Blues' third defeat in a row at Stair Park.

With influential midfielder Kyle Turner sidelined through injury, Stevie Farrell made three changes from the side which suffered defeat at Forfar just three days earlier.

Scott Agnew, Paul Woods and Chris McGowan returned to the starting lineup, as Ryan Thomson started up top for the Blues.

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Cameron MacPherson adopted Thomson's usual role in front of the back four on his home debut, and the St Mirren loanee would make an immediate impression on the Stair Park faithful.

The midfielder received the ball almost 30 yards from goal with seemingly nothing on.

From nowhere, the youngster struck an outrageous volley for the top corner which left visiting keeper David Hutton no chance.

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Unlike at Station Park, it was a stunning start, but Arbroath started to edge their way into the game and would be level before the break.

Morgyn Neill had replaced David Barron after 25 minutes due to injury, and the substitute defender was found guilty of an infringement in the box by referee Alan Newlands.

On his return to Stair Park, former Blues striker Ryan Wallace wasted no time in reminding home fans what they were missing as he sent Max Currie the wrong way from the spot.

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 The scores were level at the break, but Arbroath would seize the initiative within moments of the restart.

Michael McKenna popped up to head confidently into the top left corner despite the home side's protests for offside.

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Currie was a busy man in the second half, first denying Wallace with his feet at close range, then palming away a powerful 20 yard strike from Blair Yule.

But the Blues shot-stopper would be beaten again after the referee awarded another spot kick, this time for a shirt pull from Hamill on Wallace.

Wallace would net his second of the evening, this time shooting to the left as Currie dived to his right.

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Rangers loanee Ross Lyon has struggled for game time in recent weeks, but he almost made his way onto the scoresheet as a second half substitute as Angus Beith's dangerous ball just evaded his outstretched leg at the back post.

Wallace was determined to hit a hat trick, but Currie had other ideas, producing a wonder stop at full stretch to turn away his goalbound effort at the top corner.

However, there would be one last sting in the tail, as Danny Denholm fired home the rebound after another reflex stop from Currie to make it 4-1.

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Stevie Farrell's men have just a few days to regroup before returning to Stair Park to face another promotion contender in the shape of Jim Goodwin's Alloa Athletic.

Stranraer: Currie, Robertson, Barron (Neill 26), McGowan, Hamill, MacPherson, Agnew, Anderson (64), Beith, Woods (Okoh 58), Thomson.
Not used: McLaren, Hawkshaw, Elliott, Dykes.

Arbroath: Hutton, Little, Hamilton, O'Brien, Martin, Yule, Denholm, Swankie (McIntosh 74), Linn, McKenna (Whatley 74), Wallace (Gold 80).
Not used: Kader, McCord, Skelly, Gomes.

Referee: Alan Newlands
Attendance: 201
HT: 1-1