Raith Rovers vs Queen’s Park
Starks Park is the destination for the Spiders on Saturday as we head to Kirkcaldy to take on second place Raith Rovers. Neither club goes into the game in good form with Queen’s having lost our last four and our hosts having lost their last three, but one look at the league table tells you all you need to know about how tough this fixture will be for the Spiders.
Both sides exited the Scottish Cup last Saturday, with the Spiders having gone down 4-1 at Hampden against Dunfermline and the club media got gaffer Gus MacPherson’s views on that as we caught up with him this week.
Gus said: “We are naturally disappointed. The way in which the players applied themselves against a club who have aspirations, and the structure in place, to be playing in the Premiership, make them a credit to the club. We were happy with the effort but still disappointed with the defeat and the way we conceded the goals.”
“We competed very well in the first half, with Michael White hardly being called into action but low and behold the first attack of the second half we found ourselves one down. Having lost the second we could easily have felt sorry for ourselves, but we reacted in the right manner and got the goal from the free kick.”
“Ultimately it is a feeling of disappointment at the result but there were plenty of positives to be taken from the way we approached the game.”.
Turning his thoughts to the Raith Rovers match the gaffer said: “We know how tough a test it is going to be, every game has been the same so far this season, it’s the manner of this division. I feel that we have competed well in a lot of games so far but we find ourselves in an unwanted position at the bottom of the table.”
“We know we will be up against a strong Raith Rovers side who beat us comfortably at Hampden earlier in the season but we know if we go there and apply ourselves in the right manner, we can compete in the match and that’s what we hope to do.”
The opposition: Rovers go into the game sitting second in the table, three points behind leaders Ayr United with a game in hand over the Honest Men. They have picked up 26 points from a possible 36 in their opening 12 matches and look very likely to be in the mix come the business end of the season. They do however go into the game on the back three defeats on the bounce, the first of which came against Dumbarton in the Irn Bru Cup, then against Ayr United and then latterly suffering a 3-0 defeat away to Peterhead in the Scottish Cup last weekend.
Head to head: Played 41; Queen’s Park 10; Draw 10; Raith Rovers 21.
Recent form: Queen’s Park DWLLLL; Raith Rovers WDWLLL.
Last meeting of the teams: 16/09/2017: Queen’s Park 0-5 Raith Rovers.
18/11/2017 – Queen’s Park 1-4 Dunfermline Athletic
18/11/2017 – Peterhead 3-0 Raith Rovers.
Queen’s Park: Anton Brady, Thomas Orr and Dominic Docherty – 3.
Raith Rovers: Lewis Vaughan – 18.
Match officials: Referee – Mike Roncone. Assistants – Gordon Crawford and David McKniff.
Admission prices: Adult £15.00; Junior (accompanied U16’s) £5.00; Junior (unaccompanied U16’s) £8.00; Senior Citizen (65+) £8.00; Concession (College/Uni/Jobseeker(proof required)) £10.00; Disability & Carer (Carer free) £8.00.
Twitter: You can keep up to date with all the action as it happens at @QueensParkFC
Other League One fixtures: Alloa Athletic vs Ayr United; Arbroath vs Forfar Athletic;
East Fife vs Airdrieonians; Stranraer vs Albion Rovers.
Our next match: 02/11/2017: vs East Fife at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.