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MIDFIELDER Scott Agnew is hoping to make a surprise return for this Friday night's clash with Partick Thistle Colts.

The 30 year old missed Saturday's 2-2 draw with Queen's Park, and initially it was suggested he could be out for as long as six weeks.

However, Agnew spoke to the club website after the final whistle at Hampden Park to put the record straight.

He said: "Hopefully, I will be out for two weeks maximum.

"It was actually in the Clyde game on the Tuesday night where I have twisted my knee a wee bit further than I should have.

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"Obviously, I tried to train on the Thursday and played on the Saturday against Ayr United and probably made it a little bit worse.

"So, I'm thinking maybe a couple of weeks of rest and I should be alright."

Agnew could only watch from the sidelines against the Spiders, who fought back from going 2-0 down in the opening ten minutes to clinch a late point.

The midfielder, like the travelling fans, was a frustrated figure after the full time whistle.

He said: "I could not believe the second half.

"I thought we were well in control in the first half and, obviously, got two great goals.

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"But, the second half, to be fair to Queen's Park they probably should have won the game.

"I was thinking we were going to get away with three points, forget about the performance and go on to next week.

"Unfortunately that was not to be but it was a point away from home and we just need to improve performances from now on."

The Blues have endured a tough start to the season and currently sit eighth in the League One table after four rounds of fixtures.

Three points separates them from third placed Arbroath and from bottom side Queen's Park.

Fixtures with the top two - Raith Rovers and Ayr United - yielded no points, with the Blues now hoping to find a good run of form in the second half of the first quarter of the season.

Agnew added: "It has been a tough start.

"Obviously, we won the East Fife game and we have played the two full-time teams, who will be up there at the end of the season.

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"I thought, to be honest, we did alright in both of those games.

"Saturday was obviously disappointing - if we had gone and won then it has probably not been a bad start but the late goal has obviously killed us."

Stranraer made it to the third round of the IRN-BRU Challenge Cup last season after victories over Spartans and Dumbarton before losing out to Dundee United.

The Blues have a chance to reach the same stage on Friday when they welcome Partick Thistle's under-20s side in a 7.45pm kick-off.

The two teams actually met in pre-season, with the Stair Park outfit emerging victorious.

"We know they will be young lads, keen and work really hard," said Agnew.

"Hopefully, we can show and use our experience to get through the tie."

Reduced entry prices apply for Friday night's IRN-BRU Cup tie against Partick Thistle Colts:

Adults £10, Concessions (65+) £5, Secondary School £3, Primary School FREE

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1 Arbroath 17 45
2 Raith Rovers 17 32
3 East Fife 17 26
4 Forfar Athletic 17 24
5 Montrose 17 21
6 Airdrieonians 17 20
7 Stranraer 16 20
8 Dumbarton 17
9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 17 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)