Dale Hilson's 10th goal of the season was enough for Forfar to see off play-off rivals Stranraer.

Hilson tucked away a neat low finish on 15 minutes to condemn Stranraer to a third loss in a row.

Forfar goalkeeper Rab Douglas fumbled an effort from Sean Winter shortly afterwards but the Blues could not take advantage.

And the veteran home custodian went on to make a string of saves to deny Andrew Stirling and Steven Bell.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Forfar Athletic

  • 01 Douglas
  • 02 Baxter
  • 03 Campbell
  • 06 Fusco
  • 04 Andrews
  • 05 Malcolm
  • 07 Kader (Smith - 70' )
  • 08 Fotheringham (Malin - 70' )
  • 11 Hilson
  • 09 Templeman
  • 10 Swankie (Dale - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Dale
  • 14 McCabe
  • 15 McCluskey
  • 16 Malin
  • 17 Smith
  • 18 McLelland
  • 20 Hill

Stranraer

  • 01 Mitchell
  • 04 Rumsby
  • 03 Docherty
  • 06 Bell
  • 02 MacGregor
  • 05 McKeown
  • 07 Winter (Borris - 75' )
  • 08 Gallagher
  • 10 Longworth (Forde - 85' )
  • 09 Grehan Booked
  • 11 Stirling

Substitutes

  • 12 McKenna
  • 14 Kinnaird
  • 15 Stirling
  • 16 Borris
  • 17 Forde
  • 20 Fahey
Ref: Mat Northcroft
Att: 422

Match Stats

Shots

10 14

On target

4 5

Corners

5 5

Fouls

9 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Forfar Athletic 1, Stranraer 0.

90:00 +3:48 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Forfar Athletic 1, Stranraer 0.

90:00 +3:38

Craig Smith (Forfar Athletic) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

90:00 +2:49

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by David Mitchell.

90:00 +2:30

Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:30

Foul by Ryan Borris (Stranraer).

88:03

Attempt saved. Andrew Stirling (Stranraer) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

85:47

Andrew Stirling (Stranraer) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:47

Foul by Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic).

84:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stranraer. Adam Forde replaces Jamie Longworth.

83:58

Attempt missed. Martin Grehan (Stranraer) with an attempt from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

81:36

Attempt missed. Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

79:48

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Ryan Borris.

79:36 Booking

Booking Martin Grehan (Stranraer) is shown the yellow card.

79:32

Stuart Malcolm (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:32

Foul by Martin Grehan (Stranraer).

78:25

Foul by Ryan Borris (Stranraer).

78:25

Gavin Malin (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:29

Attempt missed. Ryan Borris (Stranraer) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

75:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. James Dale replaces Gavin Swankie.

75:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stranraer. Ryan Borris replaces Sean Winter.

74:43

Attempt missed. Andrew Stirling (Stranraer) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the right.

73:03

Attempt missed. Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

72:23

Craig Smith (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:23

Foul by Mark Docherty (Stranraer).

69:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Craig Smith replaces Omar Kader.

69:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Gavin Malin replaces Martyn Fotheringham.

67:41

Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:41

Foul by Steven Bell (Stranraer).

64:21

Attempt missed. Jamie Longworth (Stranraer) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

63:28

Attempt saved. Stuart Malcolm (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

63:04

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Frank McKeown.

62:28

Attempt saved. Steven Bell (Stranraer) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

62:12

Foul by Stuart Malcolm (Forfar Athletic).

62:12

Martin Grehan (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:57

Attempt missed. Martyn Fotheringham (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from long range on the right is too high.

60:08

Attempt blocked. Mark Docherty (Stranraer) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

59:34

Foul by Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic).

59:34

Frank McKeown (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:42

Attempt missed. Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

50:51

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Grant Gallagher.

50:23

Iain Campbell (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:23

Foul by Grant Gallagher (Stranraer).

48:49

Attempt saved. Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

47:38

Attempt saved. Andrew Stirling (Stranraer) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

46:56

Attempt missed. Martin Grehan (Stranraer) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

45:42

Attempt saved. Iain Campbell (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Forfar Athletic 1, Stranraer 0.

45:00 +0:31 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Forfar Athletic 1, Stranraer 0.

45:00 +0:12

Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:12

Foul by Andrew Stirling (Stranraer).

40:45

Foul by Gary Fusco (Forfar Athletic).

40:45

Frank McKeown (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:36

Corner, Stranraer. Conceded by Dale Hilson.

32:48

Foul by Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic).

32:48

Mark Docherty (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:07

Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:07

Foul by Steven Bell (Stranraer).

30:34

Attempt missed. Jamie Longworth (Stranraer) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

28:48

Attempt saved. Sean Winter (Stranraer) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

26:00

Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:57

Foul by Andrew Stirling (Stranraer).

23:00

Attempt saved. Sean Winter (Stranraer) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

22:00

Marvin Andrews (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:58

Foul by Sean Winter (Stranraer).

21:34

Foul by Grant Gallagher (Stranraer).

21:34

Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:01

Attempt missed. Scott Rumsby (Stranraer) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

20:40

Corner, Stranraer. Conceded by Stuart Malcolm.

19:59

Corner, Stranraer. Conceded by Stuart Malcolm.

19:33

Corner, Stranraer. Conceded by Stuart Malcolm.

18:00

Jamie Longworth (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:57

Foul by Marvin Andrews (Forfar Athletic).

15:54

Foul by Grant Gallagher (Stranraer).

15:54

Mark Baxter (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:33

Corner, Stranraer. Conceded by Mark Baxter.

14:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forfar Athletic 1, Stranraer 0. Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

11:27

Foul by Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic).

11:27

Andrew Stirling (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:39

Foul by Stuart Malcolm (Forfar Athletic).

9:39

Martin Grehan (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:11

Foul by Gary Fusco (Forfar Athletic).

7:11

Martin Grehan (Stranraer) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:23

Attempt missed. Stuart Malcolm (Forfar Athletic) header from very close range misses to the right.

6:01

Hand ball by Jamie Longworth (Stranraer).

3:57

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Frank McKeown.

2:47

Foul by Frank McKeown (Stranraer).

2:47

Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:19

Attempt missed. Steven Bell (Stranraer) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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