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Stranraer prepare for play-off semi-final

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Manager Brian Reid says all the pressure will be on Stranraer's opponents in tonight's play-off clash.

The Blues welcome Livingston to Stair Park for the first leg of their Championship Play-off semi-final (kick-off 7:45pm).

Livingston finished ninth in the Championship last season - five places above Stranraer in the Scottish football pyramid, so Reid believes it will be the visitors instead of his players feeling the heat.

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The second leg takes place at Livingston on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).


Queens freeze season ticket prices

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Queen of the South have frozen season ticket prices for the club's 2016/17 Championship campaign.

In addition to the current range of season tickets available the Doonhamers have introduced a £90 season ticket for 16-21 year olds.

The price of an adult ticket stays at £256 which works out at around £14 per game - a saving of £32 per season. Concession tickets are available for £144 and the Junior Blue ticket for young supporters up to the age of 16 remains at £18.

Season tickets go on sale from Monday 13 June and will be available online or in person from the office at the Queen of the South Arena during normal office hours.

Rangers 3-0 Annan Athletic

Annan Athletic Football Club Credit: ITV Border

Annan Athletic were beaten 3-0 by Rangers in front of 42,000 fans at Ibrox.

They travelled to Glasgow to face the league leaders in Division Three.

The Gers managed to put one past Annan when Templeton scored within the first half hour.

The home side were then reduced to 10 men, after Lee Wallace was shown a red card for bringing down Jack Steele in the box.

Despite their one man advantage, Annan conceded another two goals in the second half, giving Rangers a six point lead at the top of the table.

Attendence: 42,135

Goals: Templeton ('29 and '70) and Little ('64)

Sent Off : Wallace ('59)

Ref : Paul Robertson


Work on artificial pitch in Annan begins

Work is getting under way on a £592,000 project to install an artificial pitch at the home of Scottish 3rd Division football side Annan Athletic. The finance for the "third generation" surface includes money seized from criminals in the Scottish government's Cashback for Communities scheme.

It's hoped the pitch will be ready for the start of the new season. Funding has also come from Dumfries and Galloway Council and Sport Scotland.

Part of the 3G development involves levelling off the slope at the Galabank ground. Club chairman Henry McClelland said that would involve a huge effort.

"Essentially what will happen, at the top end of the park the pitch will be lowered by two feet and at the bottom it will be raised by two feet. The time frame is very tight. Our first scheduled game in the Ramsdens Challenge Cup could be a home tie on the last Saturday in July. The likelihood of completion for that date is very, very tight."

– Henry McClelland

If it is not ready, Mr McClelland said the Scottish Football League would allow them to play their first two ties away from home, if necessary.

Scottish Football action

In the Third Division, Stranraer are heading for the promotion play-offs. The other business could be concluded tomorrow but hopefully we can keep the pot boiling till the final weekend. They play Queens Park at home.

Berwick have a very slim chance of making the play-offs they are away to East Stirling.Annan have a better chance at home to Gala Bank, but both teams need to win and hope Elgin City lose their match at home to Montrose. Meanwhile Queen of the South must win their game against Raith Rovers away.

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