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STRANRAER boss Stevie Farrell has refused to rule out strengthening his squad further after two signings in the last seven days.

The Blues added Ross Lyon to the squad just before last weekend's tie with Queen's Park before Dylan Dykes joined earlier today (Friday).

However, if Farrell has his way, the two loan signings might not be the last additions to the squad.

He said: "I think everybody knows we are looking for a striker but so is every club in Great Britain.

"We need to keep working away and hopefully we can get a striker between now and the end of the window.

"We are doing all we can and it is so important we continue to do that."

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Lyon came off the bench for Cameron Elliott for his debut last weekend at Hampden Park.

The on-loan Rangers midfielder will be aiming to force his way into the team over the coming weeks, with the squad also strengthened with the signing of 21-year-old Dykes, who has joined from Ross County.

Their new manager said: "Ross is good at getting in the forward areas.

"He is very, very quick, can play left or right and gives us energy and enthusiasm.

"He is a good young player and will be looking to show his parent club he is developing and ready to go back a better player.

"Dylan again is a young player and the exact same in that we are looking to develop him and help his parent club and send him back there with games under his belt and valuable experience."

Airdrie will be the latest visitors to Stair Park tomorrow (Saturday) and the hosts are further strengthened by the return of experienced midfielder Scott Agnew.

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The club's second top scorer's only appearance since November 11 - the last meeting with Airdrie - was a 17-minute cameo against Raith Rovers at the end of last year.

Now, he is looking to put those injury troubles behind him and get back on the park.

However, David Barron has been joined on the sidelines by Elliott, who enjoyed an impressive first start for the club.

Farrell said: "I'm gutted for Cameron.

"He came in and did really well when he came off the bench against Ayr United and then last Saturday in his first start.

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"He will be looking to kick on but he is a young player and he has plenty of time on his side."

The Diamonds, featuring former Stranraer loan signing Luke Watt, sit just one place and one point behind their hosts.

Both teams are looking for their first victories of 2018, with Farrell hoping for another good crowd after an impressive turnout against Ayr United in the last home game.

He said: "The club has never needed the crowd more.

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"The players have never needed the crowd more.

"Any time the crowd comes out - anybody that is thinking of coming and supporting us - the support is most appreciated."

Last meeting
Airdrieonians 2-0 Stranraer
11 November 2017

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INCONSISTENT Stranraer lost out in Airdrie with Ryan Conroy's second half double proving the difference.

The Blues were marginally the better team in the first half, despite Grant Anderson being missing through a sickness bug. The team suffered a further blow when Scott Agnew limped off in the opening five minutes but Ryan Thomson hit the post after being played through by Kyle Turner. That was just about it in a first half that will not live long in the memory.

Unfortunately, Stranraer failed to build on that and surrendered the upper hand in the second half. Conroy opened the scoring just after the hour mark when he ran through the defence and squeezed a shot across Cameron Belford and into the far corner of the net. The lead was doubled by Conroy just seven minutes later when the midfielder smashed home from just inside the box. The Blues failed to get back into the tie and it was Belford who kept the score at 2-0 as he denied Willis Furtado and then Conroy.

Airdrieonians: Gourlay, McIntosh, MacDonald, Brownlie, McGregor, Watt, Stewart, Conroy, Furtado, Allan (Hastie 63), Fry (Cairns 84).
Not used: Edwards, Brown, Tierney, Russell and Trialist.

Stranraer: Belford, Dick, Barron, Neill, Hamill, Woods (Elliott 66), Bell, Agnew (Turner 3), Thomson, Wallace, Stoney (Okoh 65).

Last five meetings

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- 2-0 (Conroy x2) at Excelsior Stadium on November 11, 2017
- 3-1 (Anderson x2 and Agnew (P); Furtado) at Stair Park on September 9, 2017
- 3-1 (Russell x2 and Ryan (P); Robertson) at Excelsior Stadium on July 11, 2017
- 2-1 (McGuigan and Turner; Ryan) at Stair Park on April 15, 2017
- 1-2 (Ryan; Malcolm and Thomson) at Excelsior Stadium on March 4, 2017

Stranraer's last five games

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DRAW v Queen's Park (A): 2-2 (Beith and Turner)
LOSS v Ayr United (H): 1-5 (Turner)
LOSS v Raith Rovers (A): 3-0
LOSS v Alloa Athletic (A): 1-0
DRAW v Albion Rovers (H): 2-2 (Wallace (Pen x2))

Airdrieonians' last five games

DRAW v East Fife (H): 0-0
DRAW v Albion Rovers (A): 2-2 (Furtado and Cairns)
WIN v Ayr United (H): 2-0 (Russell and Brownlie)
DRAW v Queen's Park (A): 1-1 (Watt)
DRAW v Raith Rovers (H): 2-2 (Hastie and Russell)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Airdrieonians: Belford, Robertson, Neill, McGowan, Beith, Hamill, Anderson, Turner, Elliott (Lyon 83), Thomson, Okoh (Woods 73).
Not used: McLaughlin, Gray, Scott, Holland and McLaren.

Airdrieonians lineup v East Fife: Ferguson, Brownlie, MacDonald, McGregor (Leighton 88), Watt, Edwards (Russell 77), Stewart, McIntosh, Furtado, Hastie (Brown 68), Fry.
Not used: Higgins, Truesdale, Cowie and Kerr.


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It was the opening game of the league season when Kevin Graham last made the trip down the A77. The Blues welcomed East Fife on that occasion and Jamie Hamill's goal was all that separated the two sides but ensured the hosts got off to the perfect start.

Mr Graham is also no stranger to the Diamonds and was in the middle of their game with Queen's Park at the end of September.

On that occasion, it was again the home side who emerged victorious. Scott Stewart had the hosts in front before Dominic Docherty quickly levelled things up. But, in the second half, Stewart, Dean Cairns and Willis Furtado put Airdrie well on top before Docherty grabbed a late consolation.


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Entry prices are as follows:

Adults £15, Concessions (65+) £10, Secondary £5, Primary FREE.


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Follow the Blues on Twitter at @StranraerFC for live coverage throughout the afternoon.

And finally...

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We'd like to thank supporters for a fantastic turnout last Tuesday. Please bring your friends and family along to Stair Park if you can.

The Blues are back home again next Saturday against Raith Rovers, kickoff 3pm.

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish, Rangers FC.

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1 Arbroath 21 52
2 Raith Rovers 21 39
3 East Fife 21 35
4 Forfar Athletic 21 33
5 Airdrieonians 21 30
6 Montrose 21 28
7 Stranraer 20 23
8 Dumbarton 21
9 Brechin City 20 19
10 Stenhousemuir 21 16


2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andy McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)
24 - Conor O'Keefe (MID)