35 Brechin WSTANDARDS cannot slip if Stranraer are to climb free of the threat of relegation, according to manager Stevie Farrell.

The Blues have gone four games unbeaten since Farrell returned from Dumbarton and took over from Brian Reid.

That has seen the club edge above Stenhousemuir on goal difference but they are still four points adrift of both Peterhead and Albion Rovers and the safety of mid table.

Stranraer will attempt to close that gap tomorrow (Saturday) when they welcome Brechin City.
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Farrell said: "No team in this division can be taken lightly.

"They are all capable of taking points off each other and they are all very evenly matched.

"If we are not at our best, they will cause us problems.

"We need to make sure we do what we have done in the last four games.

"If we do that and get a bit of luck in front of goal, we can take three points."

It has been three draws and a victory since Farrell returned to the club towards the end of last month.

That included sharing the spoils with Peterhead last time out in a six goal thriller.
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Rory McAllister had the visitors in front before Ryan Thomson and Willie Gibson had Stranraer in front at half time.

McAllister's second and a Grant Anderson goal had Jim McInally's men on top but Gibson popped up to ensure it finished all square.

The Stranraer boss felt it was a great game for the neutrals but thought his side could have taken all three points.

He said: "I think on the balance of play we deserved it.

"We had 61 per cent possession, 15 shots and had 11 corners.
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"On the balance of play, we had most of the ball and we did a lot with it.

"You know you are attacking and creating chances and causing problems."

One concern for the home fans was right back Craig Pettigrew limping off in the final ten minutes.

The defender returned to the club from Dumbarton in January and has slotted back in where he left off.

The 30-year-old did not train on Tuesday but did manage a full session last night (Thursday).

Farrell said they would check on the defender ahead of the game but was hopeful of a full squad for tomorrow's game.
Brechin 20161217 007BRECHIN City ended a five-game winless run thanks to first half strikes from Ally Love and Connor McLennan the last time the two sides met.

The hosts have enjoyed a much improved season compared to last year and took the lead on the half hour mark when Love's swerving strike found the back of the net, despite Cameron Belford getting a hand to it.

Home goalkeeper Graeme Smith had to go off eight minutes before the break but before Brian Reid's men could think about testing new goalkeeper Paddy O'Neil, the Blues found themselves 2-0 down. On-loan Aberdeen youngster McLennan used his pace to burst clear and score his first senior goal.

Stranraer's miserable afternoon was wrapped up midway through the second half when captain Steven Bell was shown a second yellow card. It was the third game in a row where Stranraer had failed to win and kept them down towards the bottom of the table.

Last meetings
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- 2-0 (Love and McLennan) at Glebe Park 17/12/16
- 0-1 (Jackson) at Stair Park 1/10/16
- 1-0 (Robson) at Glebe Park 23/4/16
- 2-0 (Stirling and Gibson) at Stair Park 30/1/16
- 2-0 (Shields and Layne) at Glebe Park 19/12/15

Stranraer's last five games
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Peterhead (H): 3-3 (Gibson x2 and Thomson)
Livingston (A): 0-0
Albion Rovers (H): 3-0 (Malcolm x2 and Bell)
East Fife (A): 0-0
Aberdeen (A): 4-0

Brechin City's last five games

East Fife (A): 3-2 (Jackson and Dyer)
Stenhousemuir (H): 2-2 (Jackson and Hill)
Livingston (A): 3-0
Albion Rovers (A): 1-0
Peterhead (H): 0-1

Last time out
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Stranraer lineup v Peterhead: Belford, Pettigrew (Neill 81), Dick, Barron, Robertson, Bell, Thomson, Agnew, Donald (Kassarate 67), Gibson, Malcolm (McGuigan 77).
Not used: Wilson, Turner, Kemp and Currie.

Brechin City lineup v East Fife: Smith, McLean, Dyer, Rodger, Hill, C O'Neil (Ford 85), Trouten, Dale, Jackson, Watt (Caldwell 72), Graham.
Not used: McCormack, Dods, Fusco, Lynas and P O'Neil.

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1 Arbroath 16 42
2 Raith Rovers 16 29
3 East Fife 16 23
4 Montrose 16 21
5 Forfar Athletic 16 21
6 Airdrieonians 16 20
7 Stranraer 16 20
8 Dumbarton 16
9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 16 15


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)
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)