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HE SCORED 31 goals in 51 games for East Fife - now Ryan Wallace is hoping to get his first for Stranraer against his old club.

The league campaign kicks off this weekend with the Fifers making the trip to Stair Park.

Stevie Farrell's much-changed Stranraer side will be keen to get off to a winning start with home advantage and Wallace potentially leading the line.

The striker said: "It has been frustrating in the Betfred Cup playing against full-time sides.

"We go on Saturday and I want to get a goal and three points.

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"Obviously, I would take the three points before getting a goal myself."

Wallace was suspended for Saturday's game with Partick Thistle, as Stranraer brought the curtain down on their involvement in the early season cup competition.

Christie Elliott's late strike was enough to see the Premiership side follow Livingston through to the next stage.

It was a tough set of fixtures for the Blues, with full-time St Mirren and Airdrieonians making up the rest of the group.

Darren Young's East Fife had their own difficult draw in the cup competition.

Young, who took over at the end of the season from Barry Smith, steered his team to fourth behind Hearts, Peterhead and Dunfermline with a draw against the Pars and victory over Elgin City.

Wallace said it was impossible to predict how teams would do in the league based purely on their form in the Betfred Cup.

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Instead, the real indicator would come over the next few weeks with the league campaign picking up steam.

He added: "We will see where we are against teams in our own league.

"That is a marker of where we need to be."

The frontman, who turned 27 on Sunday, was with Albion Rovers last term and proved a thorn in Stranraer's side, with three of his 11 goals coming against the Blues.

However, it was through a former Dunfermline and now Stranraer teammate that he swapped the yellow and red of Cliftonhill for the blue and white of Stair Park.

Speaking about how the deal to bring him to Wigtownshire came about, he said: "From what I heard, it was through Ryan Thomson.

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"The manager had shown interest in me and said for Ryan to have a chat with me.

"The manager then gave me a call and said he was interested in bringing me to the club.

"I had other deals offered but the manager sold me on the club and I was more than happy to join Stranraer."


 Pos  Team  Pld  GD  Pts 
1 QOS 2 5 6
2 Motherwell
1 5 3
3 Edinburgh C 2 -5 2
4 Clyde 2 -3 1
5 Stranraer 1 -2 0


2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andrew 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 (MID/STR)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
15 - Sam Lidington (DEF)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (DEF/MID)
22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)