Stenny 14 Jan 2017 001Scorer: Millar (68)

STRANRAER sank to rock bottom of Scottish League One after losing 1-0 away to Stenhousemuir.

The Blues impressed last week, despite defeat, against Alloa Athletic but never looked at the races at Ochilview.

Brian Reid was able to hand a full debut to new signing Morgyn Neill, who joined during the week on loan from Livingston, as well as a 'second debut' to Craig Pettigrew, with a third debutant Jack Whittaker coming off the bench in the second half.
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However, despite those additions to the squad, the team was still unfamiliar looking with no recognised wingers, with Willie Gibson injured, Craig Thomson's loan spell at an end and Mark McGuigan, who has often been utilised on the right flank, only fit enough for the bench.

Instead, the Blues lined up with Pettigrew on the right wing and Joe Nuttall on the left.

If Stranraer had set the tempo last week, it was very much the hosts who did it today.

Stenhousemuir forced a number of corners in the opening 10 minutes and had the ball in the net after just five minutes but Colin McMenamin's effort was ruled out.

Moments later Fraser Kerr nodded the ball across goal but defensive colleague David Marsh somehow put the ball over from barely six yards.
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Stranraer were looking rocky at the back and had goalkeeper Cameron Belford to thank on more than one occasion, as he denied Willis Furtado and Oliver Shaw.

At the other end, Kyle Turner and David Wilson both had shots from outside the box fly off target and Stenhousemuir should have gone into the half time break a goal up but Shaw blasted over.

Reid tinkered with the formation at the break with Nuttall moving up front and Scott Agnew heading for the left wing.

The Blues were slightly improved after the break and certainly saw more of the ball but all too often Colin McCabe was untested.
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And the only goal of the game came with 22 minutes left when Kieran Millar drilled an unstoppable shot high past the helpless Belford from a tight angle.

Reid threw on Whittaker for Pettigrew in an attempt to get something from the game but the hosts never looked truly on the ropes and held on relatively comfortably.

Stenhousemuir: McCabe, Meechan, Summers, Marsh, Kerr, Berry, Furtado, Millar, Cook, McMenamin, Shaw (McCormack 90+2).
Not used: Hamilton, McCroary, Mazana-Martinez, Smith, McMaster and Crawford.

Stranraer: Belford, Barron, Dick, Neill, Robertson, Pettigrew (Whittaker 70), Wilson, Turner (Thomson 63), Agnew, Nuttall (McGuigan 63), Malcolm.
Not used: Maley, Morena, Currie.

Attendance: 392
Referee: Steven Reid

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