Scorers: Arbroath - Linn (26); Stranraer - Turner (66)

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STRANRAER ended their barren spell in fine fashion with a hard earned point away to Arbroath.

In a match swiftly rescheduled following Saturday's abandonment due to high winds, the Blues matched the league leaders all over the park and more than merited the result.

Stevie Farrell stuck to his guns and named the same starting eleven which contested only 12 minutes of football just 3 days earlier.

With Ian Smith, Chris McGowan and PJ Crossan missing, Stranraer named just four subs, as former Blues Luke Donnelly and Ryan Wallace had to settle for a spot on the opposition bench.

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Arbroath have been flying high in League 1, but the Wigtownshire side boast a good recent record at Gayfield and started brightly with Kyle Turner bringing a save from home keeper Darren Jamieson early on.

Match official Craig Napier received his fair share of criticism after Saturday's call-off, and would be faced with another difficult decision just six minutes into the rearranged fixture.

After Thomas O'Brien failed to deal with Turner's long ball, Innes Cameron latched onto it and raced clear, only to be tripped by Jamieson in the box when through on goal.

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All evidence seemed to point to a penalty, however the referee thought otherwise and booked Cameron for diving.

Napier had a straightforward call to make as Blues keeper Max Currie rushed out and clattered Omar Kader to stop a dangerous move, earning himself a yellow card.

After chances for David Gold and Jason Thomson and one or two close calls for Stranraer, Arbroath would take the lead.

Bobby Linn raced onto a crossfield ball, and kept his cool to slot between Currie's legs with the hosts' first effort on target.

Dick Campbell's side took the initiative after going in front, with Greig Spence in particular keeping the Blues defence busy.

The experienced frontman flashed a shot wide of the upright, hit the crossbar with a header and brought a save from Currie at close range - all within five first half minutes.

The Stranraer goalkeeper was a busy man, also producing a fine double save to deny Michael McKenna.

However, the Blues would have the better of the chances for the remainder of the half.

Arbroath full back Thomson made a meal of his clearance from Jamie Hamill's cross, allowing recent addition Joao Victoria to pounce and bring a fine top corner save from Jamieson.

And after Grant Anderson sparked a quick counter, Jamieson would deny Victoria again - this time with his feet.

The second half began at a slower pace, but with Conor O'Keefe introduced on the hour mark and a change of shape, the Blues found an equaliser.

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Anderson's header was turned away by Jamieson, but Kyle Turner was quick to the rebound and made no mistake with a low, powerful finish.

Both sides had chances to take all three points in an exciting finale, with the best of those opportunities arriving in stoppage time.

Stranraer defender Adam Cummins rose highest to meet substitute Mark Lamont's pinpoint corner, but his header at the back post was cleared off the line.

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Ultimately, it was a welcome point for the Blues and a highly encouraging performance, with Dumbarton next up at Stair Park on Saturday.

Arbroath: Jamieson, Thomson, Little, O'Brien, Hamilton, Kader (Donnelly 61), Swankie (Wallace 73), Gold, Linn, Spence (McCord 74), McKenna.
Not used: Denholm, Doris, Whatley, Hill.

Stranraer: Currie, Hamill, Brownlie, Cummins, McDonald, D Smith (O'Keefe 61), McManus, Turner, Anderson (Lamont 90), Victoria, Cameron (Elliott 80).
Not used: Avci.

Referee: Craig Napier
Attendance: 532
HT: 1-0

Photos: Bill McCandlish

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1 Raith Rovers 28 53
2 Falkirk 28 52
3 Airdrieonians 28 48
4 Montrose 28 47
5 East Fife 28 45
6 Dumbarton 28 38
7 Clyde 28 34
8 Peterhead 27 26
9 Forfar Athletic 28 24
10 Stranraer 27 16