Gus MacPherson and his side make the trip down the M74 to Dumfriesshire on Saturday to face an in-form Annan Athletic at Galabank. Buoyed by the midweek success in the Irn-Bru Cup the Spiders go into the match high in confidence but somewhat low in numbers as the early season injury worries mount for the gaffer.

With Josh Peters, Dominic McLaren and Calvin McGrory confirmed as being out and doubts hanging over Ciaran Summers, Jamie McKernon and several others, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s all doom and gloom, but the manager was in an optimistic mood as he spoke to the club media team on the eve of the match.

Looking ahead to the match Gus said: “We know that it’ll be an extremely difficult game for us. Galabank is never an easy place to go and get a result and Annan are in great form as things stand, scoring goals and winning games.

The players are learning week by week how tough this season is going to be, and we expect tomorrow’s match to be every bit as difficult as the games that have gone before it.

That said, it’s important that we focus on ourselves first and foremost and that we go out there and compete. We don’t have our injury worries to seek and it’s safe to say the squad is somewhat stretched at this early stage of the season but for those who come into the side this presents challenges and opportunities.

The onus will be on those players to stake their claim and it’s a game that we go into in a confident frame of mind whilst remaining 100% respectful of our opponents.”

The gaffer confirmed that he was working hard to add to his squad ahead of the match and hoped that at least one addition could be made in time.

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The opposition: The Galabank side have picked up four points from their opening two league matches courtesy of an opening day 1-1 home draw against Elgin City and then a 2-1 away victory over Cowdenbeath last Saturday. They go into Saturday’s game on the back of a comfortable 4-0 win over Celtic U21s in the Irn-Bru Cup on Tuesday night. Ex Spider Tony Wallace opened the scoring after just nine minutes with a hat trick from Ross Fergusson ensuring Peter Murphy’s side progressed to the next round.

Head to head: Played 30; Queen’s Park 10; Drawn 6; Annan Athletic 14.

Last meeting of the sides: 30/04/2016 Annan Athletic 1-0 Queen’s Park.

Last matches: 14/08/2018 Queen’s Park 0-0 Ayr United (Queen’s Park won 4-2 on penalties); Annan Athletic 4-0 Celtic U21s.

Match officials: Referee – Steven Reid. Assistants – Mark McLean and Craig Macrae.

Admission prices: Adults £12; Concessions (65+/U16) £6.00 and Adult/child £12 (accompanied U12s go free).

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Our next match: 25/08/2018 vs Albion Rovers at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.

Other League Two fixtures: Albion Rovers vs Elgin City; Cowdenbeath vs Berwick Rangers; Edinburgh City vs Stirling Albion; Peterhead vs Clyde.