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Orr praises strike partners

  • Post published:17 December 2020

Striker Tom Orr feels Stranraer are a much-improved side from that which faced Albion Rovers two months ago.

The two sides shared the spoils in the Betfred Cup, with Ayrton Sonkur and Ruari Paton finding the net for Stranraer either side of Sam Jamieson and Gregor Fotheringham scoring for the Coatbridge men.

Brian Reid’s team would go on to win a memorable penalty shoot-out but Orr is confident his team have got better since that game in October.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday but this time with league points at stake.

Orr said: “When we drew 2-2, I think we were kind of unsure what our best team was and who was playing at that time and they gave us a really tough game.

“Then, you look at their result on Saturday [a 3-1 win over Elgin City] and they are definitely not going to be any pushovers.

Orr is expecting a tough game against Albion Rovers on Saturday

“They will take confidence from that and we will really need to be on our toes for Saturday.

“Getting our first win since then has definitely made a difference.

“You could feel it even up to the Cowdenbeath game when we had not won.

“I could feel a nervous energy in the dressing room but once we got that win we went on and played Hamilton and Ayr and that just builds confidence.

“You just keep going and going.”

One of the key parts of Stranraer’s success in recent weeks has been the form of the attacking trio of Orr, Ruari Paton and Darryl Duffy.

Fellow forwards Ruari Paton and Darryl Duffy have also proven a handful for defences

Since the beginning of the season, the trio has scored 13 of Stranraer’s 19 goals.

Former Morton and Queen’s Park man Orr failed to find the net in his opening five games but followed that up with four goals in the next half a dozen appearances.

On top of that, he has clocked up five assists.

He said: “I have maybe set Darryl up four times already.

“I want to be involved in the goals as well, not just scoring them.

“I think myself, Darryl and Ruari actually work excellently together.

Orr got off the mark for Stranraer in the win over Cowdenbeath at the start of November

“Ruari comes inside and plays nice balls down the line to me and I know when I am running down the wing exactly where Darryl is going to be.

“He is going to be in the six-yard box and I just need to get the ball in and he is going to be on the end of it and is going to score.

“It is really good.

“Myself and Darryl actually spoke about it in the warm-up before the Brechin City game.

“I think I set him up the week before against Edinburgh City as well.

“I was saying to him to be in the six-yard box and we were laughing about it.

“That was a wee joke we had before the game and then obviously it happened.”