East Fife V Stranraer at Bayview Stadium : Match Preview

04 April 2014 02:31
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Paterson blow for East Fife

East Fife will be without goalkeeper Greg Paterson as they host Stranraer looking for a third win on the bounce.

Back-to-back victories have taken Gary Naysmith's men to within a point of eighth-placed Airdrie in their battle to avoid a relegation play-off spot.

Gary Fisher (elbow) joins Paterson (rib) on the sidelines, but Joe Mbu, David Cowan and Scott McBride have all been declared fit, while Ross Brown will be monitored ahead of the game.

Naysmith said: "We have done well to win at Dunfermline and Forfar and the players deserve praise for the way they have recovered from a 5-0 home defeat from Ayr. There is a lot of work still to be done to continue climbing the table and defeating a hard working Stranraer team would be another step forward."

Stranraer are looking to end a miserable run of five games without a win, which has seen their play-off spot look a little less secure.

They head to Fife without the suspended Stephen Stirling and injury absentees Marc Corcoran (groin) and Chris Aitken (ankle).

Manager Stephen Aitken said: "East Fife have certainly improved since our last game against them which ironically was our last win. Any team that can go to Dunfermline and Forfar and pick up wins must be doing a lot right.

"We have not won in a while but we are playing a lot better. We are still two wins away from securing a play-off place and it would be terrific to get one of these against East Fife."

Source: PA

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