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STRANRAER continued their pre-season preparations with a relatively uneventful run out against Dumbarton at training.

Stevie Farrell had the opportunity to pit his wits against Stevie Aitken, and fielded a strong starting lineup, including new signings Ryan Wallace, Paul Woods, Grant Anderson, Jamie Hamill and Tom Lang.

It would be a familar face who almost opened the scoring within the first minute.

Scott Agnew unleashed a low, powerful effort, which cannoned off the foot of the post, before Wallace was ruled offside as he looked to follow up.

Fellow new boy Hamill tested Sons keeper Scott Gallacher from 30 yards, and turned provider with an inch-perfect cross for the head of Wallace, who could only turn over the bar.

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The Blues, who returned to training a lot earlier than most teams in Scotland, were setting a high tempo. Woods would be the next man on target, firing straight at the keeper.

However, Dumbarton started to creep into the game. It took a last-gasp diving defensive header from the impressive Lang to deny his fellow former Rangers prospect Tom Walsh.

Despite the friendly nature of the encounter, former Hearts and Kilmarnock man Hamill seemed to be ever-present and imposing. An early crunching tackle set the tone, and a bit of argie bargie with former Blues man Grant Gallagher led to a "calm down" to both men from Farrell.

Wallace was next to try his luck with a swerving strike from 20 yards which the keeper was equal to, before another weel-kent face, last season's loanee David Wilson, came close with a curling effort at the other end.

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The game petered out after the break as Farrell provided game time to three trialists, along with captain Steven Bell, Morgyn Neill and Kyle Turner.

Perhaps the only drama was provided by the wind whipping around Lochinch. Cameron Belford's kickout for Turner fell alarmingly short, but the keeper redeemed himself with a good stop, and Lang was there with a goal line clearance on the rebound.

All in all, it was a good fitness exercise for both sides, with some promising performances thrown in.

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Lang, Barron (Neill), Dick, Hamill (Anderson), Thomson (Bell), Agnew (Trialist), Woods (Trialist), Anderson (Turner), Wallace (Trialist).

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