23 Livingston FBBRIAN Reid stressed there is still a long way to go, with Stranraer still determined to climb the League One table.

The Blues have won back-to-back league games just once this season but matching that this weekend could see them edge closer to the promotion play-offs.

Reid was keen to see the team get back into that winning habit against the league leaders.

He said: "We have been in this position before and no prizes are given out in December or January.

"We would rather have won a few more games and be a bit more consistent.

"If we win a couple of games in a row, we will be close to the play-offs.

"All is not lost and there is a long, long way to go.

"We know we can improve."

A trio of trialists were in training with the club this week, with any potential deal being struck in January.

The manager was keeping tight-lipped on the identity of the targets but confirmed they were based south of the border.

A bounce game could be arranged over the coming weeks in a bid to have a closer look at the potential signings.

Ex-Kilmarnock youngster Aaron Splaine has also been training with the club and has featured for the under-20s in recent weeks.

However, he has suffered an ankle injury and any deal could be forced to wait until 2017.

The Blues go into tomorrow's (Saturday) game with promotion favourites Livingston knowing a win could see them move up the table.

It is unlikely to be an easy task though, with the Lions, who thumped Stranraer 5-1 on the opening day of the league season, coming into the game on the back of six away wins on the spin.

Reid will have a full squad to choose from, with Craig Thomson returning, having missed the cup clash with East Kilbride on the instruction of parent club St Johnstone, and Frank McKeown having recovered from a back injury.

The manager called on his team to cut out their mistakes and take their chances if they wanted to build on their back-to-back wins over Stenhousemuir and the Scottish Cup clash, which set up a tie with Aberdeen in the New Year. 
Last meeting

Livingston 5 Stranraer 1 (6 August 2016)

STRANRAER could not have been handed a tougher start to the league season than a trip to the Tony Macaroni Arena. Still, the visiting fans could have been forgiven for being full of confidence as they came into the game with the play-off victory over the same opposition fresh in the mind. However, things got off to a rocky start when Scott Pittman hammered home after just five minutes. Danny Mullen added another with less than 25 minutes played and Stranraer were looking right up against it. The Blues got one back after the break through Craig Malcolm and Liam Kelly did brilliantly to deny Kyle Turner an equaliser. However, any home nerves were put to bed in the final 20 minutes when Liam Buchanan scored from the penalty spot before the striker added another four minutes from time and Pittman wrapped up an impressive opening day victory when he nodded home.

Last five meetings

- 5-1 (Pittman x2, Mullen and Buchanan x2; Malcolm) at Tony Macaroni Arena 6/8/16

- 4-3 (Buchanan, White, Mullen and Halkett; Cairney, Dick and Longworth) at Tony Macaroni Arena 7/5/16

- 5-2 (McGuigan x2, Stirling, Gibson and Cole OG; White and Buchanan) at Stair Park 4/5/16

- 1-1 (Glen; Longworth) at Tony Macaroni Arena 12/10/14

- 0-8 (Morton x2, McNulty x3, Russell x2, McCann) at Stair Park 4/8/12

Stranraer's last five games

East Kilbride (H): 2-1 (Gibson and Strachan OG)
Stenhousemuir (H): 3-1 (Bell, R Thomson and Nuttall)
Albion Rovers (A): 3-2 (Gibson and Nuttall)
Queen's Park (H): 0-2
Peterhead (A): 2-0

Livingston's last five games

Albion Rovers (A): 0-1 (Cadden Pen)
Airdrieonians (A): 1-2 (Cadden and Mullen)
Peterhead (H): 1-2 (Buchanan)
The New Saints (H): 0-3
East Fife (H): 3-1 (Buchanan x2 and Miller)

Last lineup

Stranraer v East Kilbride: Belford, Barron, Dick, Bell, Robertson, McGuigan (Agnew 38), Turner, Thomson, Gibson, Nuttall, Malcolm (Morena 89).
Not used: Watt, Sherrie, Maley and Currie.

Livingston v Albion Rovers: Kelly, Longridge, Lithgow, Crighton, Halkett, Byrne, Pittman, Cadden, Watt (Carrick 79), De Vita, Buchanan (Neill 87).
Not used: Mullin, Currie, Ogilvie, Knox and Maley.

SPFL 3L1 6474

POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 13 33
2 Raith Rovers 13 23
3 East Fife 13 22
4 Forfar Athletic 13 18
5 Brechin City 13 16
6 Airdrieonians 13 16
7 Stranraer 13 15
8 Dumbarton 13
14
9 Montrose 13 14
10 Stenhousemuir 13 12


Fixtures

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)
9 - Isaac Layne (STR)

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)