And with Michael Travis netting a late effort for Forfar, Aitken's composure proved pivotal to Stranraer
TOP OF THE TABLE PWD LF APTS Rangers 17161 0648 49 Dunfermline 18 11 2 5 40 31 35 Stranraer
17 9 3 5 31 24 30
Dick Campbell was down to 14 fit first-teamers for the Scottish Division Two match at managerless Stranraer
with the suspended Martyn Fotheringham added to a crippling injury list that includes the likes of Keith Gibson and Gavin Swankie.
The train passengers were taken to a triage centre in Stranraer
, where their condition will be assessed, although they are not thought to have serious injuries.
There was no question of Hearts not giving Stranraer
the respect they were due, with manager Valdas Ivanauskas picking his strongest available line-up.
woke up and a long cross-ball from Mark Skilling on the right found an unmarked Paul Brownlie just yards out - but his weak shot went straight to the keeper.
boss Stevie Aitken said: "You hold your hands up – they were better than us and deserved to win.
Longworth scored at Ibrox on Boxing Day when Stranraer
stunned Rangers as Stephen Aitken's men drew 1-1 and shattered Ally McCoist's 100 per cent League One record.
Wigtown supporters were surprised that bookies listed odds of 500-1 for Stranraer
to win 9-0 - though not as surprised as the bookies were to discover Wigtown actually had supporters.
The two games between the sides this season have both been tightly contested affairs with the first game ending 2-2 and Stranraer
edging the second 1-0, but they had home advantage for both matches.
Hibs smacked over 20 attempts at the Stranraer
goal, but their lack of a killer touch again haunted the gaffer.
Three months ago the clubs were separated by two divisions, but that mattered little as Stranraer
opened a two-goal lead early in the second half.