The Spiders return to the home comforts of Hampden on Saturday as Johnny Harvey brings his Berwick Rangers side north. This is a crucial game for both sides who have ambitions of moving up the table in the second half of the season. Queen’s, on the back of a 1-1 draw away to Stirling Albion, will be looking to reproduce last Saturday’s performance which was described by gaffer Mark Roberts’ as the best since he has been at the club, and to end a run of 10 games without victory. That however will be no easy feat with the visitors also looking to end a run of eight matches without a win.
On the eve of the Hampden clash, the club media team caught up with the gaffer to get his thoughts going into the game. Roberts said: “Saturday is a game that we’re all very much looking forward to. On the back of last week’s performance against Stirling Albion the squad are desperate to get going again and put the disappointment of not taking all three points behind them.
“From my perspective I’ll be looking for more of the same from the team and for us to build on that performance level. The players are hungry to pick up three points and kickstart the season and if we manage to reach the level we did last week, we’ll give ourselves every chance of doing that.
“We want to end the current run and start a positive one as well as rediscovering the consistency we were able to display earlier in the season, but we know that will be no easy task with Berwick looking to end their own run of games without a win. We expect a very tough match, as we do every week, but it’s a game that we go into with a huge amount of confidence restored and very much looking forward to the challenge.
On the injury front Roberts was delighted to confirm that his squad is bolstered by the return of defensive duo Gerry McLauchlan and Ciaran Summers who have both missed out in recent weeks due to injury. It gives the manager food for thought but he was keen to stress that it was a positive selection headache, something which he has not had the luxury of for some time.
The opposition: Johnny Harvey’s side go into the game sitting ninth in the table and on an eight-game run without a win. Of those game they’ve lost six and drawn the other two but one of those draws, less than a month ago was a credible one where they found themselves trailing then league leaders Edinburgh City 2-0 going into the final two minutes before goals from Barr and Neill ensured a share of the spoils. Their last outing was a 2-0 away defeat against now current league leaders Peterhead a week ago.
Head to head: Played 150; Queen’s Park 62; Draw 31; Berwick Rangers 57.
Previous meetings this season: 11/08/2018 Queen’s Park 1-0 Berwick Rangers.
Recent form: Queen’s Park DLLDLD; Berwick Rangers LLDLLL.
Last matches: 19/01/2019 Stirling Albion 1-1 Queen’s Park; Peterhead 2-0 Berwick Rangers.
Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Lewis Hawke (7 goals); Berwick Rangers – Paul Willis (7).
Match officials: Referee – Gavin Ross. Assistants – Andrew McWilliam and Craig Macrae.
Admission: Adults £14; Senior Citizens (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed/Children (U16) £3.
Twitter: You can keep up to date with all the action as it happens at @QueensParkFC bit.ly/2vNIy7X
Facebook: Get the team news pre-match as well as goal, half time and full-time score updates via our Facebook page bit.ly/2MsIVMe
QPTV: For highlights and post-match reaction from the manager and players. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and never miss any content bit.ly/2Okn9uN
Our next match: Saturday 2nd February v Elgin City at Borough Briggs. Kick off 3.00pm.
Other League Two matches: Albion Rovers v Stirling Albion; Annan Athletic v Peterhead; Clyde v Cowdenbeath; Elgin City v Edinburgh City.