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PLAYERS will often look out for meetings with former clubs when the fixtures are released at the beginning of the season.

Ex-Airdrie men Daniel Higgins and David Brownlie will face off against the Diamonds this weekend, with Scott Robertson and Grant Gallagher returning to Stair Park to face their former side.

Stranraer will be looking to build on an impressive 2-0 win at Stenhousemuir last time out.

Brownlie was among those counting down to returning to Stair Park and, in particular, facing Ian Murray’s men.

He said: “It’s natural for people who play against their ex-clubs that they want to do that extra wee bit and do well.

“At the end of the day, we see it as a normal game, like any other kind of fixture.

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“But, as I said, it adds that wee bit extra for myself just because I played there previously.

“I’m hoping we can go to Stranraer and get the victory against Airdrie and just keep building.”

Grant Anderson and PJ Crossan were on target in the victory over Stenhousemuir, which was Stranraer’s first win on the road this season.

Brownlie, who is a personal trainer, felt the Blues were due three points following good performances against Raith Rovers and Arbroath.

Stranraer lost out by an odd goal on both occasions but got back to winning ways at Ochilview.

Speaking after the full time whistle, the defender said: “I thought on past performances in the past couple of weeks we have been quite unfortunate.

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“We had to battle it out and I think we deserved the three points.

“It was a good clean sheet as well and to win 2-0 is a good performance.”

The clean sheet also meant Stranraer have the second best defensive record in the league – behind only league leaders Arbroath.

It was the fourth time this campaign that a team has failed to find the net against Stevie Farrell’s men.

At the other end, scoring goals is not something that has proven a problem for the 21-year-old.

He found the net three times for the Diamonds last term and is closing in on that figure again after goals against Montrose and Dumbarton.

It is a total which makes Brownlie the club’s third top scorer.

He said: “Whenever I can input with goals, I will.

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“I like to try to get a goal and go up for set pieces and I’m looking to try to get my goalscoring record better.

“As a defender, it is quite good to have some goals throughout the season.

“So, if I can keep doing that and keep contributing to the team and wins then it is excellent.”

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish, Airdrieonians FC

SPFL 3L1 6474

1 Arbroath 33 68
2 Raith Rovers 33 55
3 Forfar Athletic 33 54
4 Montrose 33 47
5 East Fife 33 45
6 Airdrieonians 33 42
7 Dumbarton 33 39
8 Stranraer 33 39
9 Brechin City 33 35
10 Stenhousemuir 33 35


2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
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 - Joao Victoria (STR)
10 - Ali McCann (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)