Stenny 015Scorers: Gibson (11), Turner (28), Malcolm (33 and 80) and Nade (78)

FIVE star Stranraer thumped poor Stenhousemuir at Ochilview to move up to fifth.

Manager Brian Reid was able to name the side for a fifth game in a row, with Christian Nadé continuing his return to fitness on the bench.

The Blues looked in little trouble from the 11th minute when the deadlock was broken.

Willie Gibson curled home a free-kick from 20 yards for his first league goal of the season.

Cameron Belford had a spot of juggling under the crossbar moments later before Kyle Turner doubled the Blues advantage.
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Mark McGuigan and Craig Malcolm did well before the ball found Turner on the edge of the box and the young midfielder slotted home.

Finally, just after the half hour mark, the visitors made it 3-0.

McGuigan's shot was blocked in the six-yard box and his strike partner Malcolm was on hand to tap home from close range.

Understandably, the tempo dropped for much of the second half but the introduction of Nadé saw Stranraer extend their lead further.

The Frenchman got his name on the scoresheet six minutes after coming on when he fired home first time from Luke Watt's cut back.

Stenny 051Then, the hitman turned provider when he unselfishly squared the ball to Malcolm, who notched up his 97th goal for Stranraer.

The Blues even had time to waste a glorious chance in the final ten minutes when Nadé broke the offside trap, but he dwelled too long and a last gasp tackle saw the score remain at 5-0.

Stenhousemuir: McCabe, McCormack, Meechan, Marsh, Kerr, Berry, Furtado, Millar (Stirling 62), McMenamin, Shaw (Roy 62), Cook (Gilhaney 81).
Not used: McCroary, Summers, Smith and Sean Robertson.

Stranraer: Belford, Barron (McKeown 81), Dick, Scott Robertson, Bell, C Thomson (Watt 65), Morena, Turner, Gibson, McGuigan (Nadé 72), Malcolm.
Not used: Agnew, R Thomson and Currie.

Referee: Grant Irvine
Attendance: 341
HT: 0-3

SPFL 3L1 6474

1 Raith Rovers 35 74
2 Ayr United 34 73
3 Arbroath 35 59
4 Alloa Athletic 34 56
5 Stranraer 35 50
6 East Fife 35 42
7 Airdrieonians 35 41
8 Forfar Athletic 35
9 Albion Rovers 35 30
10 Queen's Park 35 28

Updated 21/4/18 at 5pm