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Stranraer v Dunfermline Athletic Preview

Stranraer badgeSPFL LEAGUE ONE:

STRANRAER v DUNFERMLINE ATHLETIC

(Saturday, August 30: Stair Park, 3pm)

Stevie Aitken hopes Stranraer can end a positive week with their first league victory of the season tomorrow.

The Blues boss is in confident mood after his side fought back to draw at home to Brechin City then pushed Premiership Ross County all the way in the League Cup.

Now the focus is on ambushing title favourites Dunfermline Athletic at Stair Park.

And Aitken feels his side can cause a shock if they build on the performances produced in Stranraer's last two games.

He said: "We showed great character last weekend against Brechin. The players stood up and were counted and it was great to see.

"We came back from the dead. We lost a couple of poor goals in the first half so given the situation we were in we were glad to get a point.

"We couldn't have asked for a better start against Ross County by getting ourselves an early goal. We then went on and created some good chances.

"There were a lot of encouraging signs for us in terms of our forward play and their keeper, Mark Brown, has needed to make some good saves.

"I thought we competed for the full 90 minutes and I couldn't fault the players for their effort. We gave it our best shot and couldn't have done any more.

"It has been a difficult few weeks and we've had a lot of games but the atmosphere in the dressing room is great and there is a good spirit among the players."

Stranraer have beaten the Pars in the last two meetings between the sides at Stair Park but Aitken knows a tough test lies ahead.

He added: "There is no doubt that they will be challenging at the right end of the table this season and they have a lot of good players in their squad."

Stranraer will be missing two players for the visit of the Fifers.

Sean Winter is unavailable due to family commitments while Steven Bell is "progressing well" as he recovers from an ankle injury.

Signing News

Willie GibsonStranraer tonight signed ex Queen of the South, Kilmarnock, Dunfermline & Celtic Nation midfielder Willie Gibson following his release from Cumbrian non-league side Workington. 

A delighted Stephen Aitken said, “We have brought in a player of real quality and this strengthens our squad in a crucial area. As soon as we knew Willie was available we have been trying to get a deal and he brings added experience to the squad.”

 Also this week the club have released Chris Fahey and he has signed for Kilbirnie Ladeside. The Blues were able to grant his release after signing Daniel Tobin as his replacement. The former Airdrieonians, Albion Rovers and Lanark United keeper was previously on the books at Raith Rovers.

SFC Sportsman Dinner

sfcsportsman14SFC revive the Sportsmans Dinner this October to bring you a night of dinning and entertainment featuring the voice and indeed a face for radio, the ever popular, Chic Young, the shy and retiring ex Partick Thistle maestro Chic Charley and comedian and entertainer Jimmy Stirling, a man with more pattter than a centipede with flip flops and described by Chic Young as the best in the business.

Petrofac Training Challenge Cup Quarter Final Draw


The draw for the Quarter Finals of the Petrofac Training Cup took place at the Queen's Park pavilion on Thursday. The draw at this stage is an open draw and all the ties are scheduled for Saturday 6th September. Stranraer have been drawn at home to Championship side, Falkirk and this match will take place at Stair Park on the date above with a 3pm kick off. Falkirk are one of the two sides that Stranraer have not played since the turn of the century, our last meeting was in this competition on Tuesday 10th August 1999 when The Blues beat The Bairns 5-4 on penalties after a thrilling 2-2 draw.

The draw in full:

Greenock Morton v Alloa Athletic
Stranraer v Falkirk
East Fife v Rangers
Peterhead v Livingston

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