After four matches on the road, the Spiders return to Hampden to face Gavin Price’s Elgin City side on Saturday afternoon. They do so on the back of a hard fought three points in horrific conditions at Shielfield Park on Tuesday evening, a victory that saw Mark Roberts side move up a place in the table to seventh, at the expense of Cowdenbeath with Lewis Hawke’s tenth goal of the season sealing the three points.
Ahead of the visit of Elgin the gaffer spoke to the club media team to preview the match.
Roberts said: “We go into Saturday’s game high in confidence following Tuesday night’s win. It was pleasing to get the win and get the monkey off our back as I felt that we had been playing well enough in recent months to have merited more than we have got.
“We’re expecting Saturday to be a real tough one, as previous games against Elgin have been this season. They came to Hampden earlier in the campaign and won convincingly and more recently we were 2-0 up before only coming away with a draw at Borough Briggs so with that in mind, we’ll be looking to right a few wrongs.
“From our perspective there’s still plenty to be playing for in terms of looking to move further up the table. The next three weeks see us play teams that are close to us in the league and I’ll be looking for us to take maximum points if possible. We still have around a quarter of the season to go and it goes without saying that I’m looking for us to take as many points and finish as high in the table as possible.
“Preparations for next season are well underway and over the course of the coming weeks and months I’ll be looking to integrate younger players into the first team squad to see how they cope with the demands and determine if they are ready to make the step up.
“In terms of the squad for tomorrow’s game, there is unlikely to be many changes to that which I had available on Tuesday night. We welcome Alan Gow back from suspension but we will still be without Billy Mortimer and Gerry McLauchlan. Gerry trained this week for the time in a number of weeks so I’m hopeful of having both him and Billy available for selection against Cowdenbeath in a weeks’ time.”
The opposition: Gavin Price’s men go into the game sitting fifth in the table, eight points behind Annan Athletic in the last play off spot but with a game in hand over the Galabank side. This is on the back of an impressive 2-1 home victory over Clyde last Saturday courtesy of a Ross Maciver double either side of a John Rankin strike.
Head to head: Played 60; Queen’s Park 29; Draw 17; Elgin City 14.
Previous meetings this season: 29/09/2018 Elgin City 2-1 Queen’s Park; 22/12/2018 Queen’s Park 0-4 Elgin City; 26/02/2019 Elgin City 2-2 Queen’s Park.
Recent form: Queen’s Park LDDLDW; Elgin City WWWDLW.
Last matches: 12/03/2019 Berwick Rangers 1-2 Queen’s Park; 09/03/2019 Elgin City 2-1 Clyde.
Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Lewis Hawke (10 goals); Elgin City – Daryl McHardie (9 goals).
Match officials: Referee – Scott Millar. Assistants – Michael Banks and Alastair Grieve.
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Our next match: Saturday 23rd March v Cowdenbeath at Central Park. Kick off 3.00pm.