NOVEMBER may have only just begun but Saturday’s match with Stenhousemuir has been described as “must win” by Ciaran Diver.

Just four points separate fourth placed Forfar and tenth placed Montrose.

Stranraer sit seventh, one point off the bottom spot and three points from a place in the top four.

It shows the competitive nature of League One, with the Blues looking to get back to winning ways after back-to-back defeats to Raith Rovers and Arbroath.

Diver said: “I think we have played really well against the top two teams in the league and probably should have taken something from both the games.

“Stenhousemuir is definitely a must win.

“We need to take three points from that.

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“Raith Rovers and Arbroath are the two top teams in the league and they have not made us look out of place at all.

“We just want to keep climbing up the table and if we get beat next week then we could be right down the bottom.

“We definitely don’t want that and want to be in the top four.”

Stranraer lost 1-0 to league leaders Arbroath on Saturday, with an unfortunate own goal from Adam Cummins the difference between the two sides.

Despite that first half setback, the Blues fought to get back into the game but could not find a way through the stubborn visiting defence.

Diver said: “I thought we were unlucky not to take something from the game.

“I should have probably scored with my chance at the end.

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“I cut inside, the shot was blocked but I should have probably scored.”

The 18-year-old joined the club on loan from Celtic in August and made his debut in a 2-0 win over Montrose.

He has made five appearances from the bench and is now looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow loan signing Innes Cameron and force his way into the team.

He said: “I’m loving my time at the club; loving it.

“I just want to try to get myself regularly in the team.

“I will just keep working away so I can stay in the team.

“It is healthy competition up front and that is what you want.”

Diver, who became the first player born in the year 2000 to play for the Blues, has his own connection to the club.

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His dad, Danny, spent a season with the Blues, notching double figures in the early 90s before moving on to Arbroath.

However, Ciaran revealed the connection did not play much of a role in his decision to make the trip down the A77.

He said: “I didn’t even know my dad had played here until I came.

“He played for so many teams but it is nice to play here.”

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1 Arbroath 13 33
2 Raith Rovers 13 23
3 East Fife 13 22
4 Forfar Athletic 13 18
5 Brechin City 13 16
6 Airdrieonians 13 16
7 Stranraer 13 15
8 Dumbarton 13
9 Montrose 13 14
10 Stenhousemuir 13 12


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)