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IT WAS more than a decade ago that Scott Agnew made his first senior appearance.

Now, finally, he has first hat trick, with a match ball set to take pride of place in his home.

His treble - including two penalties - in the 4-0 win over Albion Rovers on Saturday propelled the Blues into the playoff spots.

Speaking on Tuesday, the midfielder said: "I'm not usually nervous when hitting penalties but, to be honest, I was a little bit nervous on Saturday when taking the second one.

"It was just because I knew it was for the hat-trick and it was something that I wanted to achieve and I am glad I did it.

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"My last hat trick would have been youth football with Rangers.

"Obviously, then, you would not take the ball home with you so it was nice to get the ball on Saturday.

"I'm going to take the ball into training and get it signed.

"My nephew Jack was at the game and asked for the ball at full time and I gave it to him.

"By the time we were leaving, he was halfway down the road with it!

"It is certainly coming back with me but he had it at the weekend.

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"I will take it into training tonight and get the boys to sign it because they, obviously, played a massive part in it as well."

The treble at Cliftonhill took Agnew's tally to seven for the season, already more than double what he scored last year.

The 30 year old was a regular on the scoresheet during his first spell with the Blues, and was keen to further add to his tally over the remainder of the season.

He said: "Not a lot has changed from last year.

"I have always chipped in with goals and last year was a bit of a freak season.

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"I don't know how many times I hit the bar or the post and I didn't get my first goal until well into the season.

"This year, I got one early doors and I have been quite lucky."

Attentions now turn to this weekend and a return to Stair Park when the Blues welcome Arbroath for the first time since February 2014.

Dick Campbell's men come on the back of an impressive run of away performances in the league, with their last defeat coming against Clyde more than a year ago.

Stranraer's own home form has been nearly equally impressive since Stevie Farrell returned to the club at the end of January.

Only two league defeats at Stair Park point to an intriguing encounter and Agnew said: "Stair Park is going to be a hard place for teams to come and we like it that way.

"We take pride in not losing games there and Saturday is no different."

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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)