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LITTLE over 50 miles separate Stair Park and Somerset Park.

Tomorrow (Saturday), will mark the first meeting between the two sides since Ayr won promotion to the Championship.

Back in League One, and it is a tie that both sets of fans have been counting down to since the fixtures were released.

It is not just the fans though that are looking forward to the trip to Stair Park.

Stranraer boss Stevie Farrell said: "It is great for the fans and I think there is a bit of needle in the build up to the game this week.

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"That has been good for the fans and they will look forward to the game.

"Like any derby, it adds a bit of spice but ultimately it is another game."

The manager was keen to put down a marker against a free-scoring Ayr side, who have lost just one of their opening eight games, with that defeat coming away to Premiership Hibs.

Along the way, Ian McCall's men have smashed home 28 goals and they sit top of the League One table.

Victory for Stranraer would set down "a marker" and Farrell was hoping to make it back-to-back home wins.

He said: "I don't go into the game tomorrow with hope, I go there with belief."

Stranraer will likely be forced into at least once change from the 3-0 defeat to Raith Rovers last weekend.

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David Barron did not train last night (Thursday) due to a foot knock and is expected to join Chris McGowan (knee) on the sidelines.

That would mean a reshuffle in central defence, with various different options available.

Barron was not among those playing the full 120 minutes on Tuesday evening as Stranraer came from behind to secure a place in the second round of the IRN-BRU Cup.

Clyde led 2-0 through Martin McNiff and former Stranraer man Smart Osadolor, before Scott Agnew, an own goal and a Ryan Wallace strike saw the Blues go through after extra time.

The manager was thrilled with his side's reaction to score twice in the final 30 minutes before Wallace grabbed his first goal for the club.

Farrell said: "There were 30 minutes to go, 2-0 down away from home, on a Tuesday night, in front of not a big crowd and everything against them and it would be easy for a team to down tools.

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"But they never did and the substitutes did help in terms of Ryan Thomson and Ryan Wallace coming on.

"We got ourselves back in the game with the penalty and once we got the equaliser we could have won the game in normal time.

"Smart had one more chance late on and Cameron Belford has made a good save for us.

"If you check the stats - possession and chances created - they do not tell lies.

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"I think we had something like 60 per cent possession and corner after corner."

Their reward is a home tie with Partick Thistle's under 20s side at the beginning of next month.

Before meeting the Thistle first team in the Betfred Cup, Stranraer played the a young Jags side in pre-season, and many of that team is expected to line up at Stair Park.

Farrell stressed little could be read into that friendly, where Stranraer won 4-2 with strikes from Thomson and Grant Anderson finding the net along with a Scott Agnew brace, with a more competitive edge anticipated this time round.


Last meeting
Ayr United 0-0 Stranraer (agg 1-1, 3-1 pens)
15 May 2016

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THE last meeting will likely still be fresh in the memory of Stranraer and Ayr United fans - albeit with different emotions.

The Honest Men wrapped up promotion to the Championship after a penalty shootout.

The scores were level after the first leg thanks to Ross Docherty's late, late leveller cancelling out Mark McGuigan's strike.

The two teams could not be separated after 120 minutes at Somerset Park and so it was down to a battle from 12 yards.

Paul Cairney, Jamie Longworth and David Barron all missed from the spot - with only Willie Gibson finding the net.

The home side did their bit though with Jordan Preston, Alan Trouten and Andy Graham all scoring.

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Pettigrew, Dick, Cairney, Bell, Stirling, Thomson, Gibson, Malcolm (Longworth 60), McGuigan (Barron 102).
Not used: Rumsby, McCloskey, Turner, Kemp and Currie.

Last five meetings

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- 0-0 at Somerset Park on May 15, 2016
- 1-1 (McGuigan; Docherty) at Stair Park on May 11,2016
- 2-1 (Trouten and Wardrope; Thomson) at Somerset Park on March 26, 2016
- 1-0 (Longworth) at Stair Park, on January 2, 2016
- 3-1 (Crawford, Adams and Preston; Robertson) at Somerset Park on October 31, 2015

Stranraer's last five games

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Clyde (A): 2-3 (Agnew pen, OG and Wallace)
Raith Rovers (A): 3-0
East Fife (H): 1-0 (Hamill)
Partick Thistle (A): 1-0
Livingston (H): 2-4 (Neill and Agnew)

Ayr's last five games

East Stirlingshire (A): 1-5 (Murphy, Gilmour, Moore, Forrest and McCowan)
Forfar Athletic (H): 3-0 (Moore, McDaid and Crawford)
Hibernian (A): 5-0
Albion Rovers (A): 1-5 (McDaid, Moffat and Moore x3 (pen x1))
Annan Athletic (A): 1-6 (Docherty, McGuffie, Moffat, Moore, Geggan and McDaid)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Clyde: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Barron (Thomson 56), Lang, Woods (Wallace 56), Bell, Agnew (Hamill 108), Anderson, Turner (Stoney 76), Okoh.
Not used: Neill, McKinlay and Currie.

Ayr United lineup v East Stirlingshire: Hart, Higgins (McCowan 70), Ferguson, Waite, Reid, Gilmour, Forrest, McGuffie, Faulds (Hilton 75), Murphy, Moore (Moffat 64).
Not used: Rose, Balfour and Avci.

Referee

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The man in the middle tomorrow is Craig Charleston, who last took charge of an Ayr United game in March.

The Honest men were battling - unsuccessfully - to stay in the Championship but did their chances no harm with a 2-1 win over Dumbarton. Robert Thomson had Stevie Aitken's men in front but Farid El Alagui levelled things before half time and Robbie Crawford turned the game on its head.

Dumbarton's chances were dented when Garry Fleming was sent off with 19 minutes left.

There was also a red card the last time Mr Charleston was refereeing a Stranraer game. The Blues ventured to Airdrie and had just taken the lead through Craig Malcolm when Morgyn Neill was sent off.

The Diamonds missed the penalty and Ryan Thomson sealed all three points, although Andy Ryan's goal ensured a nervous finale.

Admission

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Entry prices are as follows:

Adult £15, Concessions (65+) £10, Secondary School £5, Primary School FREE.

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Ayr United 12 26
2 Raith Rovers 11 26
3 Alloa Athletic 13 21
4 Arbroath 13 20
5 East Fife 13 18
6 STRANRAER 12 17
7 Albion Rovers 13 16
8 Airdrieonians 13 15
9 Forfar Athletic 13 12
10 Queen's Park 13 8

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