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IT HAS been an eventful couple of weeks for Jamie Hamill.

Last Saturday, against his Partick Thistle, he marked his 31st birthday with five stitches above his left eye.

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Fast forward one week and the tough tackling midfielder, featuring a bandage wrapped round his head after the stitches had been removed, had a memento of a different kind - his first goal for Stranraer.

The Blues created a number of first half chances, with Ryan Wallace and Kyle Turner going to close breaking the deadlock.

Darren Young's men had chances as well but the scores were blank as both teams headed off the Stair Park surface for the half time interval.

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Hamill said: "In the first half, I thought we created a number of chances.

"Obviously, I thought we were a wee bit disappointed to come in 0-0 at half time.

"I thought we might have been two or three up, and that is no disrespect to East Fife because I thought they played well in the first half as well.

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"I just thought we created numerous chances.

"It is just one of those where it was just good to get the three points at the end of the day."

The goal finally came after the hour mark when Hamill ran on to Wallace's through ball and smashed the ball across Ryan Goodfellow and into the left side of the net.

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He laughed: "The boys were saying I was rolling back the years!

"To be fair I have not hit one like that in a wee while, to be honest."

Victory gave Stranraer their first victory of the season after a tough Betfred Cup group.

Four full-time sides in Partick Thistle, St Mirren, Livingston and Airdrieonians meant it was always going to be tough for Stevie Farrell's men.

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Despite failing to pick up a point, there were reasons for optimism, particularly after promising performances against Livingston and Partick Thistle.

That came to fruition with the three points on Saturday, but another tough test lies ahead.

Obviously, it is early doors in terms of the league season and there will be plenty of twists and turns along the way.

Farrell's men now their attention to a trip to Stark's Park to face a Raith Rovers side heavily tipped - alongside Ayr United - for an immediate return to the Championship.

Hamill said: "At the end of the day, they have got big budgets compared to the rest of the division.

"We will go about our own business throughout the whole season and we will see where it takes us.

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"We have got our own ambitions behind closed doors, which will never be out in the media.

"We have got to keep plodding along and do what we know we are capable of. We know our limits, we know what we can do, what we are good at and what we are not good at.

"We have just got to keep working hard, and hopefully at the end of the season it should stand us in good stead."

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Ayr United 16 38
2 Raith Rovers 14 32
3 Alloa Athletic 16 24
4 Arbroath 15 23
5 East Fife 16 22
6 STRANRAER 14 21
7 Airdrieonians 15 18
8 Albion Rovers 14 16
9 Forfar Athletic 16 12
10 Queen's Park 16 11

Updated 9/12/17 at 10pm

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