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DAVID Barron is facing a late fitness test as Stranraer attempt to get back on the winning trail.

The Blues make the trip to Forfar tomorrow (Saturday) hoping for a bit of 'Angus revenge'.

Arbroath ran out 6-2 winners at Stair Park seven days ago and Stevie Farrell's men will be aiming for an immediate return to winning ways at Station Park.

However, they could have to do that without ex-St Mirren man Barron, who is suffering from a groin injury.

The same problem will keep his defensive colleague Liam Dick out of the clash, although Farrell was hoping it would only be a short-term issue.

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Positively, the Blues welcome back Paul Woods, who was forced off early last week, and Scott Robertson returns from suspension.

The manager said: "We have had Forfar watched on a number of occasions.

"The reports say although they have suffered some heavy defeats they have been competitive in large parts of the games and unlucky not to go ahead.

"They will feel a bit as if Lady Luck has not been on their side but that can change at any time.

"Hopefully not tomorrow and tomorrow we get the reaction from last Saturday."

The Stranraer boss faces a choice tomorrow in terms of making changes or sticking with largely the same team that had enjoyed three victories in a row in the lead up to Arbroath's visit.

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Farrell indicated he would likely keep faith with the team that had performed well and challenged them to give him the right reaction.

He said: "If I was a player, I would be thinking it was brilliant that the manager had shown trust in me.

"I've said as a manager that when you suffer a defeat that it is when you are tested.

"As a manager it is easy if you are winning games then you just keep it ticking over."

The Blues are one point better off than this time last season, with Farrell targeting at least another three or four points before the end of the first quarter.

The manager added: "We have targeted 13 or 14 points every quarter.

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"Anywhere between 52 and 56 points tends to get you into the promotion play-offs.

"I always judge it on each quarter and we have ten points and if we pick up three or four points from the last two games of the quarter then that is a fantastic start."

Last meeting
Stranraer 1-0 Forfar Athletic
5 March 2016

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IT would probably be fair to say that Craig Pettigrew was not known for his goalscoring expertise during his two spells at the club. However, if you are only going to score two goals in 93 appearances, you might as well make them memorable.

The full back's first goal came in April 2015 against Stenhousemuir and almost a year later he was on target again. This time it was the only goal of the game against Forfar. The Blues squad was stretched and saw Kevin Schmidt up front with Mark McGuigan, with Calvin Kemp coming off the bench to make his first appearance at Stair Park.

The goal finally came on the hour mark and actually came seconds after Pettigrew, who this week joined Kilwinning Rangers, had come close previously. His powerful shot was turned over the bar by Darren Hill before the defender was in the right place to turn home Willie Gibson's corner.

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Forfar pushed for a leveller but Stranraer's defence held firm to secure three points, which edged them closer to the play-offs.

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Pettigrew, Dick, Cairney (Turner 83), Bell (McCloskey 53), Stirling, Thomson, Gibson, McGuigan, Schmidt (Kemp 50).
Not used: Aitken and Currie.

Forfar Athletic: Hill, Spark, Kennedy, O'Brien, Campbell, Young (Kader 77), Martin, Hodge, Craig (Denholm 45), Swankie, Ryan.
Not used: Mailer, Fotheringham, Devine, Hay and King.

Last five meetings

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- 1-0 (Pettigrew) at Stair Park on March 5, 2016
- 1-1 (Ryan; Longworth) at Station Park on February 6, 2016
- 0-0 at Stair Park on November 21, 2015
- 1-2 (Travis; McGuigan and Aitken (P)) at Station Park on September 26, 2015
- 1-1 (Aitken (P); Swankie (P)) at Stair Park on May 9, 2015

Stranraer's last five games

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LOSS v Arbroath (H): 2-6 (Thomson and Agnew)
WIN v Albion Rovers (A): 0-4 (Agnew x3 (Px2) and Woods)
WIN v Airdrieonians (H): 3-1 (Anderson x2 and Agnew (P))
WIN v Partick Thistle U-20s (H): 2-0 (Wallace and Stoney)
DRAW v Queen's Park (A): 2-2 (Wallace and Anderson)

Forfar's last five games

LOSS v East Fife (A): 3-0
LOSS v Arbroath (H): 0-5
LOSS v Alloa Athletic (A): 2-1 (See)
LOSS v Albion Rovers (H): 0-2
LOSS v Raith Rovers (A): 3-1 (Millar)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Arbroath: Belford, Hamill, Dick, Barron, Neill, Woods (Turner 19), Bell, Agnew, Anderson (Okoh 63), Thomson, Wallace (Stoney 80).
Not used: Lang, McGowan, Elliott and Currie.

East Fife lineup v Forfar Athletic: McCallum, Bain, Kennedy, Whyte, Mensing (Travis 32), Malone, Millar, Cregg (Lister 45), Scott, Cox, Peters (Quigley 66).
Not used: Easton, See, Aitken and King.

Referee

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Scott Millar was the man in the middle for Stevie Farrell's first game in charge of Stranraer at Bayview Stadium on a cold, wet day back in January.

The Blues picked up a precious point on that occasion, with Michael Donald making his first appearance for the club when he replaced Ryan Thomson midway through the second half.

The referee, who is yet to show a red card this season, was last involved in a Forfar match back in March when the Loons visited Clyde. That game finished 2-2, with Danny Denholm, who scored twice for Arbroath at Stair Park last weekend, on target for the visitors alongside James Lister.

Admission

Station Park


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Entry prices at Station Park are £13/7 for the stand, £12/6 for the terracing.

Coverage

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Follow the Blues on Twitter at @StranraerFC for live updates throughout the afternoon.

Stair Park

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It's a long way to Forfar, but if you're looking for a game closer to home - you're in luck.

Stair Park is the venue as Stranraer Reserves take on Threave Rovers in the SCFA Potts Cup, with the tie kicking off at 3pm.

Admission is £4 for adults, £2 for senior citizens (65+) and secondary school pupils, and FREE for primary school pupils and Stranraer season ticket holders.

Photo credit: Stranraer FC.

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Raith Rovers 9 22
2 Ayr United 9 17
3 Albion Rovers 9 15
4 East Fife 9 15
5 Arbroath 9 14
6 Stranraer 9 14
7 Airdrieonians 9 11
8 Alloa Athletic 9 9
9 Queen's Park 9 5
10 Forfar Athletic 9 5

Fixtures

GK  Cameron Belford
GK  Max Currie
DEF  Liam Dick
DEF  David Barron
DEF  Morgyn Neill
DEF  Tom Lang
DEF  Chris McGowan
DEF  Sam Lidington
D/M  Jamie Hamill
D/M  Scott Robertson
D/M  Steven Bell
MID  Ryan Thomson
MID  Scott Agnew
MID  Kyle Turner
MID  Cameron Elliott
MID  Grant Anderson
M/S  Paul Woods
STR  Ryan Wallace
STR  Stephen Okoh
STR  Danny Stoney

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3 Number Lotto
Sunday 15 October 2017

Numbers: 1, 12, 19

4 winners at £250:

J. McCrindle, Stranraer
D. Dante, Stranraer
J. Burton, Drummore
A. Cottam, Lanark