16 Alloa W

CONSISTENCY - that's what Stevie Farrell wants between now and Christmas.

The Blues finish the first quarter of the season tomorrow (Saturday) when they welcome Alloa Athletic to Stair Park.

Victory would take them to 14 points from nine games and potentially tied for a spot in the play-offs.

Stranraer have won three, lost three and drawn two of the opening eight games.

Farrell said: "I think every team, even Raith Rovers, you want to add consistency.

"You pick up three or four wins and it gets you right up there and challenging.

"That is what we need to develop and add that consistency to the game.

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"We had a bit in the middle of the quarter where we drew with Queen's Park and then had two victories.

"You need that form more regularly - if you get that then you are not too far away."

Farrell has spoken about looking to pick up 12-15 points in each quarter in a bid to achieve a top four and play-off spot.

Currently, the Blues sit on 11 points, with a victory enough to put them towards the top of their target.

Farrell said: "We are on target but we have still got a big game tomorrow and we need to take some points.

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"If we pick up three points we will be on target, even with a draw we will be there or thereabouts.

"I will be content if we pick up three points tomorrow."

The visitors sit just two points adrift of their hosts and know a victory would see them edge further up the table.

There are more than a few familiar faces in the Alloa team with ex-Blues in Craig Malcolm, Frank McKeown, Scott Taggart and Kevin Cawley.

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The Wasps sit below Stranraer in the table after finishing in the playoffs last term.

Farrell said there had been a turnover in personnel at the Indodrill Stadium during the summer - very similar to the Blues - which meant it would take time for things to gel together.

Meanwhile, Stranraer are almost back to full fitness, with David Barron the only one likely to miss out.

Second top scorer Ryan Wallace is likely to return, having limped off against Forfar in the last league outing.

The manager said: "We missed Ryan at Dumbarton.

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"We miss those guys with a bit of craft in the final third and that was the only thing missing against Dumbarton.

"We just missed that final bit in the last third and if Ryan is not scoring then he is creating."

Stranraer proved a near match for the Sons but Farrell felt they were lacking the cutting edge against the Championship side, who won 2-1.

Instead, it took until injury time for the Blues to pull one back, with Stephen Okoh scoring his first goal for the club.

Farrell was pleased for the 23 year old and added: "Forward thinking players love scoring goals.

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"He is a different type of player and loves to go and commit players.

"He is a young player and he is learning the game."

The game also marked the debut of Cameron Elliott, who came on for Paul Woods for the final seven minutes.

He joins Chris McGowan and Kyle Turner in establishing themselves in the first team after coming through the youth system.

The manager was hopeful the presence of youngsters breaking through would prove a motivation for those in the under 20 and under 17 squads.

He added: "They know they are going to get a chance."


Last meeting
Alloa Athletic 1-0 Stranraer
29 April 2017

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FORMER Stranraer man Kevin Cawley once again came back to haunt his former employers with the only goal of the game.

In a tight game that looked destined to end goalless, the ex-Blue popped up with a downward header in the fourth minute of stoppage time, which left Cameron Belford with no chance.

Scott Agnew, Steven Bell and Michael Donald all came close for the Blues but Alloa grew more into things as the game progressed. Jordan Kirkpatrick beat Belford, only to see his shot come back off the crossbar, and the goalkeeper had to be at his best to deny Stefan McCluskey in the second half.

However, substitute Adam Martin's fine run and cross deserved someone putting the ball in the net and Cawley was in the right place to do just that.

Stranraer: Belford, S Robertson, Dick, Barron, Neill, Bell, Agnew, Donald (McGuigan 87), Thomson, Gibson (Wilson 82), Malcolm (Kassarate 73).
Not used: Morena, Kemp and Currie.

Alloa: Parry, Taggart, Waters, Marr, Graham, Holmes (Hetherington 70), Cawley, McCluskey (Martin 76), Spence (J Robertson 70), Kirkpatrick, Longworth.
Not used: Hoggan, Hynd, Cunningham and McDowall.

Last five meetings

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- 1-0 (Cawley) at Indodrill Stadium on April 29, 2017
- 1-2 (C Thomson; Flannigan and J Robertson) at Stair Park on January 7, 2017
- 2-2 (Kirkpatrick and Spence; Agnew and Gibson) at Indodrill Stadium on December 13, 2016
- 2-5 (Malcolm x2; Spence x2, Flannigan and Kirkpatrick x2) at Stair Park on August 13, 2016
- 1-2 (Love; Holmes and McCord) at Stair Park on March 30, 2013

Stranraer's last five games

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LOSS v Dumbarton (A): 2-1 (Okoh)
DRAW v Forfar Athletic (A): 1-1 (Stoney)
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))

Alloa's last five games

DRAW v Arbroath (A): 1-1 (Gold OG)
LOSS v Albion Rovers (H): 2-5 (Renton and Taggart)
DRAW v Ayr United (A): 3-3 (Reid OG, Cawley and Taggart (P))
WIN v Forfar Athletic (H): 2-1 (Cawley and Renton)
LOSS v Dundee United (A): 3-1 (Cawley)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Dumbarton: Currie, Robertson, Dick, Neill, Hamill, Bell, Agnew (Okoh 73), Anderson, Turner (Stoney 75), Thomson, Woods (Elliott 83).
Not used: Belford, Barron, Lang, McGowan.

Alloa lineup v Arbroath: Parry, Taggart, Crane, McKeown, Meggatt, J Robertson, Cawley, Hetherington, Renton (Malcolm 78), Crossan (Cook 87), Flannigan.
Not used: Goodwin, Fleming, Martin, Greene and Wilson.

Referee

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You don't need to go back too far to find the last time David Munro refereed a Stranraer game.

In fact, the last weekend in August saw Stranraer head to Hampden Park, with the Blues taking an early lead through Ryan Wallace and Grant Anderson. Queen's Park bounced back though through Anton Brady before the unfortunate Morgyn Neill scored an injury time own goal.

The whistler is no stranger to Stair Park either. It was 1 April when he last made the trip down the A77, as the Blues defeated Stenhousemuir to massively boost their chances of avoiding finishing bottom. Scott Agnew, Ryan Thomson and Amadou Kassarate were on target that day.

However, it will be the first time he has been in the middle of an Alloa match in 2017. The Wasps were at home to Brechin on Christmas Eve last year but it was the visitors who emerged victorious with Ally Love scoring the winner after Jordan Kirkpatrick cancelled out Alan Trouten's opener.

Admission

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Entry prices are as follows:

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

Coverage

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Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish

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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

Fixtures


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