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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).

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South of Scotland League football results

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The South of Scotland League weekend football results:

Creetown P v P Mid Annandale (Waterlogged Pitch)

Dumfries Ymca 0 v 9 St Cuthbert Wanderers Upper Annandale 1 v 4 Heston Rovers

South Challenge Cup 3rd Round Nithsdale Wanderers 0 v 2 Lochar Thistle

Potts Cup 1st Round Wigtown & Bladnoch 2 v 3 Crichton

South Regional Challenge Cup Semi Final Edusport Academy 0 v 2 Edinburgh City

Football: South of Scotland League results

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This weekend's South of Scotland League results were as follows:

Fleet Star 0 v 2 Lochar Thistle

Dumfries Ymca P v P St Cuthbert Wanderers

Wigtown & Bladnoch 6 v 1 Crichton

Potts Cup 1st Round Nithsdale Wanderers 4 v 2 Upper Annandale

South Challenge Cup 3rd Round Creetown P v P Queen Of The South

South Regional Challenge Cup Edusport Academy 1 v 0 Civil Service Strollers ( After Extra Time)

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Scotland's Rugby World Cup off to winning start

Scotland on the attack against Japan Credit: Press Association

Scotland cruised to a comfortable victory in their Rugby World Cup opener against Japan.

The Scots - with Borderers Stuart Hogg, Greig Laidlaw and Ross Ford in the starting lineup - racked up five tries in a 45-10 win.

Japan, who caused one of the biggest shocks in sporting history beating double world champions South Africa on Saturday, got off to a positive start and went in at half-time only four points behind.

After the interval though Scotland's attack proved too hot to handle with John Hardie, Mark Bennett (two), Tommy Seymour and Finn Russell all touching down.

Scotland's next game is against the United States at Elland Road in Leeds on Sunday.

Carlisle Utd and Andrew Lapping end takeover talks

Andrew Lapping Credit: ITV Border

A businessman has abandoned plans to invest in Carlisle United after the club terminated talks over his proposed takeover.

Andrew Lapping was heading a consortium planning to put nearly £1.3million into the club but today Chairman Andrew Jenkins said talks had ended as Mr Lapping's proposals 'didn't stand up to scrutiny.'

In response Mr Lapping said he'd been left with no option but to step away from the takeover and that he 'didn't need the grief anymore.'

“For the last 12 months of my life I’ve worked diligently to put a plan in place which would provide initial financial investment for Carlisle United and a long-term structure and strategy to ensure the club was well-placed to pursue future success.

“My intention was simply to help the club in the short-term and ensure there was a longer-term plan in place. Then I would step back and let the club move forward. I had no intention of ‘taking-over’ Carlisle United. I put forward a plan from which a lot has been adopted by the board. It’s clear they don’t want me involved. I don’t have a problem with that – but I do have a problem in having my integrity and motives questioned."

– Andrew Lapping
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