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STEVIE Farrell has warned his side against complacency as they attempt to extend their unbeaten run.

Stranraer welcome East Fife tomorrow (Saturday) as they go for a fifth game unbeaten.

Victory would also be Stranraer's fourth league win in a row and, if successful, that would be the first time since March 2015.

In contrast, the visitors have won once since the turn of the year and not won on the road in the league since mid-September.

Farrell stressed there would be no taking the opposition lightly come 3pm.

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He said: "East Fife have won games in League One and taken big scalps over the course of the season and they will do it again.

"Teams go through periods of the season where they are in difficult periods and that has got to change at some point.

"We have got to make sure it does not change tomorrow at Stair Park."

The manager has a full strength side to choose from for tomorrow's game, with Ryan Thomson back from a one-game suspension, which saw him miss out last week against Albion Rovers.

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The squad is also strengthened with the addition of Dean Hawkshaw, from Kilmarnock, and St Mirren's Cameron MacPherson.

Both youngsters have tasted first team football with their parent club this season, with MacPherson among the unused substitutes when the Buddies visited Stair Park on the opening day of the campaign.

Farrell said: "They both fit the criteria that we have been looking for and fit in with what is happening.

"They are both young, energetic and coming from clubs at a higher level with something to prove having played some games.

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"We felt it suited all parties and we are looking forward to both players featuring between now and the end of the season."

The transfer window may have closed but the Blues can still bring in players on loan or any free agents.

However, Farrell said he was happy with his squad, although he would be keeping an eye out for any striker that became available.

Whether or not either new addition makes an immediate impact or whether they have to settle for a spot on the bench remains to be seen.

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Similarly, Farrell will have to decide if Thomson displaces Scott Agnew in midfield after the 3-1 victory in Coatbridge.


Last meeting
East Fife 1-1 Stranraer
9 December 2017

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SPOILS were shared in the last meeting between Stranraer and East Fife with Ryan Wallace's goal cancelling out Chris Duggan's opener. Despite the goals, it was actually the goalkeepers who were on top form at Bayview Stadium.

Cameron Belford had already denied Duggan before the striker squeezed a shot in off the post. After the break, the Stranraer number one was again in fine form as he pulled off a stunning double save to deny Kevin Smith and then Jonathan Page from close range. A slip from David Barron then let Smith in on goal but the striker's aim was off and he put his shot the wrong side of the post.

Finally, Stranraer managed to get up the other end and find a leveller. Paul Woods had only been on the park a matter of minutes when he set up Wallace, who scored with the aid of a deflection. Then, it was Mark Hurst in the home goal who pulled off a stunning save. Woods and Wallace worked a clever one-two with the goalkeeper somehow getting a hand to a swerving Woods drive that looked destined for the top corner.

In the end, it was a point apiece.

East Fife: M Hurst, Dunsmore, Docherty, Page, Piggott, Linton, Wilkie (G Hurst 81), Millar, Lamont (Mutch 88), Duggan, Smith (Willis 65).
Not used: Watson, Flanagan, Wilson and Goodfellow.

Stranraer: Belford, Dick, Barron, Neill, Hamill, Bell, Anderson (Okoh 86), Turner (Woods 66), Beith (Robertson 89), Thomson, Wallace.
Not used: Lang, McGowan, Stoney and McLaren.

Last five meetings

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- 1-1 (Duggan; Wallace) at Bayview Stadium on December 9, 2017
- 1-0 (Hamill) at Stair Park on August 5, 2017
- 2-1 (Malcolm and Kassarate; Kerr) at Stair Park on May 6, 2017
- 0-0 at Bayview Stadium on January 28, 2017
- 1-1 (Bell; Brown) at Stair Park on October 22, 2016

Stranraer's last five games

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WIN v Albion Rovers (A): 1-3 (Beith x2 and Robertson)
WIN v Raith Rovers (H): 1-0 (Beith)
WIN v Airdrieonians (H): 3-2 (Okoh x2 and Beith)
DRAW v Queen's Park (A): 2-2 (Beith and Turner)
LOSS v Ayr United (H): 1-5 (Turner)

East Fife's last five games


LOSS v Forfar Athletic (H): 1-2 (Docherty (Pen))
LOSS v Brora Rangers (H): 0-1
WIN v Alloa Athletic (H): 2-1 (Lamont and Docherty)
DRAW v Airdrieonians (A): 0-0
LOSS v Raith Rovers (H): 2-3 (Wilkie and Linton)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Albion Rovers: Currie, Robertson, Neill, McGowan, Hamill, Woods (Anderson 72), Turner, Beith, Dykes (Lyon 72), Agnew, Okoh (Gray 90+1).
Not used: McLaren, Barron, Scott, McKinlay.

East Fife v Forfar Athletic: Goodfellow, Kane, Page, Watson, Linton, Docherty, Lamont, Slattery (Smith 66), Wilkie, Thomson, Duggan.
Not used: Wilson, Millar, MacKenzie and Willis.

Referee

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Tomorrow marks Colin Steven's second visit to Stair Park of the season.

The referee was there for the very first game of the campaign when St Mirren came calling. Scott Agnew had put the Blues in front but the Buddies responded three times before the break through Gavin Reilly, Ross Stewart and Lewis Morgan. Gregor Buchanan's effort in the second half ensured it was the Championship side who emerged victorious.

Mr Steven has also taken charge of one East Fife game and that was way back in August. On that occasion, it was Greg Hurst's goal that ensured the Bayview side came out on top against Alloa Athletic.

Programme

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In this week's Beyond the Bandstand:

- Jamie Hamill talks education, penguins and Peppa Pig
- Rob Mason looks at betting in football
- Charlie Rigg goes back in time to a cup clash with Kilmarnock
- Kyle Turner speaks about his aims between now and the end of the season

All for £2, available at the turnstiles.

Admission

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Entry prices are as follows:

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

Travel information for away fans

Coverage

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Follow the action and share your reactions on Twitter at @StranraerFC.

And finally...

35 Arbroath W

A date for your diary - we're home again next week against Arbroath, kickoff 3pm.

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish, St Mirren, Kilmarnock FC, East Fife FC.

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 10 24
2 Raith Rovers 10 20
3 East Fife 10 19
4 Airdrieonians 10 13
5 Brechin City 10 13
6 Stranraer 10 12
7 Forfar Athletic 10 12
8 Stenhousemuir 10
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9 Dumbarton 10 8
10 Montrose 10 8


Fixtures

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)
9 - Isaac Layne (STR)

10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)