Stranraer FC sitting pretty at league summit

Stranraer boss Stephen Aitken knows his side are in for a tough game when they tackle Brechin at Stair Park on Saturday.

The Blues currently enjoy a five point lead at the top of league but welcome a Brechin side who are unbeaten in 12 matches.

Aitken said: “Brechin are on a fantastic run and they have a good mixture to their team and a lot of experience.

“This is a difficult stage of the season when you want to pick up points to cement your position but it’s another home game and we’ve performed well at home this season.”

Stranraer have picked up four points from two games so far this season against Brechin but both were tight encounters.

Aitken added: “I’m expecting another very tight game but they can hurt you on the break so we’ll need to be tight at the back.”

Stranraer ran out 4-2 winners over fellow promotion challengers Forfar at home on Saturday.

“First and foremost you’ve got to win your home games but it is always nice to take points off those teams that are near you,” Aitken said.

“I felt in the first half we controlled the game but in the second half Forfar came into it a bit though it wasn’t until the last ten minutes they properly created chances and we always had that one or two goal cushion.” Aitken brought in striker Jon McShane on loan from East Fife this week and he set up Jackson Longridge for the Blues fourth goal on Saturday.

“Jon brings something different to the strikers that we already have at the club and the good thing is that he’s been playing so he’s match fit.

“He’s hit the ground running and it was good that he came on and assisted on Saturday.”

Midfielder Anthony Marenghi has left the club by mutual consent.

“Anthony goes with our best wishes and he was a great trainer,” Aitken added.

“I also might send youngsters Adam Forde and Sam McCloskey out on loan so I wouldn’t say my business is done as we are a bit light.”