28 Alloa 1WSTRANRAER might have only played one competitive game in the last seven days but it has been a busy week for Brian Reid.

The manager has been running the rule over several players, with a bounce game on Tuesday night and umpteen phone calls being made in an attempt to improve the squad ahead of tomorrow's clash with Alloa Athletic.

He said: "I'm still busy and expect to be busy right through January.

"The January transfer window is not the easiest one but we are working hard to freshen things up a little bit.

"We've brought in David Wilson, who is a young lad and he has been about the Partick Thistle team.

"I saw him in the under-20s and he has come highly recommended.

"I'm good friends with Scott MacKenzie, who is under-20s coach at Partick and he was my assistant at Ayr United.
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"I have kept in touch with him and David became available and I feel he will benefit us.

"It is a good move for all parties."

Wilson, who has made more than 20 first team appearances with Thistle, was not the only transfer activity this week for Stranraer though.

Luke Watt has returned to Motherwell, with the manager wishing the defender, who made 12 appearances for the Blues, the best of luck back at his parent club.

Reid admitted it was "unlikely" any more new faces would be signed before Jim Goodwin's men make the trip to Stair Park.

He added: "I was hoping another one would be signed but we are still waiting to hear back.

"We've probably missed the cut off for tomorrow but we have got a couple agreed for next week, and we are still hoping for a couple more but we will need to wait.

"I don't want to hedge our bets because in this business it is never easy."
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The Blues ended 2016 with three points thanks to Willie Gibson's strike at Hampden Park.

It was a result which saw Stranraer move up to 8th, although they have slipped back to 9th with Peterhead's victory over Brechin City.

Another three points could see Reid's men overtake the Balmoor side again and also close the gap on the teams above.

The manager added: "It was an important win for us at Hampden but we have been in this position before.

"We need to continue and show consistency and look to try to get a good performance at home to Alloa.

"They are a decent team with a decent squad but these games we need to start winning and looking ahead."
Alloa GibsonTHE Blues took the lead twice last month in their first visit to the Indodrill Stadium of the season but ultimately left with just a point.

Scott Agnew fired home Craig Thomson's cross for his first goal since returning to the club in the summer to give Stranraer an early lead. The scores would be level going into the break though when Jordan Kirkpatrick, who scored twice at Stair Park earlier this season, pulled the Wasps level. Giuliano Morena came within inches of getting his first goal on Scottish soil but his strike hit the woodwork with Neil Parry beaten.

Willie Gibson had scored just a few days earlier against Livingston with a sublime free-kick and he repeated the trick with 18 minutes left. Unfortunately, the lead was not to last with Greig Spence, who also scored at Stair Park earlier this season, levelling the scores with eight minutes left on the clock.

Last five meetings

- 2-2 (Kirkpatrick and Spence; Agnew and Gibson) at Indodrill Stadium 13/12/16
- 2-5 (Malcolm x2; Spence x2, Flannigan and Kirkpatrick x2) at Stair Park 13/8/16
- 1-2 (Love; Holmes and McCord) at Stair Park 30/3/13
- 4-1 (McCord, Megginson and Holmes x2; Gallagher) at Indodrill Stadium 26/1/13
- 3-2 (Dunlop, Malcolm and Love; Holmes and Thomson) at Stair Park 15/12/12
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Stranraer's last five games

Queen's Park (A): 0-1 (Gibson)
Airdrieonians (H): 1-2 (Agnew)
Brechin City (A): 2-0
Alloa Athletic (A): 2-2 (Agnew and Gibson)
Livingston (H): 1-2 (Gibson)

Alloa Athletic's last five games

Stenhousemuir (A): 2-4 (Cawley, Spence and Kirkpatrick x2)
Brechin City (H): 1-2 (Kirkpatrick)
Queen's Park (H): 1-1 (Spence)
Stranraer (H): 2-2 (Kirkpatrick and Spence)
Peterhead (A): 1-1 (Kirkpatrick)

Last time out

Stranraer lineup v Queen's Park: Belford, Dick, Barron, Robertson, Bell, Agnew, Morena, Turner, C Thomson (Watt 82), Gibson, Nuttall (Malcolm 67).
Not used: Johnstone, Sherrie, Maley and Currie.

Alloa Athletic lineup v Stenhousemuir: Parry, Taggart, Waters, Marr, Graham, Goodwin, Cawley (Flannigan 77), J Robertson, Spence (Longworth 66), Kirkpatrick, Hetherington (Holmes 77).
Not used: Hoggan, Martin, Hynd and McDowall.

Queen's Park images reproduced with kind permission by Ian Cairns.
 

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 9 21
2 Raith Rovers 9 17
3 East Fife 9 16
4 Brechin City 9 13
5 Stranraer 9 12
6 Airdrieonians 9 10
7 Stenhousemuir 9 9
8 Forfar Athletic 9
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9 Dumbarton 9 8
10 Montrose 9 8


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)