Berwick Rangers are the visitors to Hampden for the Spiders first home league match of the season. Robbie Horn’s side make the trip West on the back of an opening day victory over Stirling Albion and with Queen’s also having started well, picking up a point from last Saturday’s 1-1 draw in Peterhead, the Hampden clash has the makings of a good game.
Ahead of the match the club media team spoke to gaffer Gus MacPherson to gather his thoughts.
Briefly touching on the opening day draw Gus said: “I was delighted with how things went last Saturday. We had set a standard previous to that in the Betfred Cup ties and I thought our work ethic against Peterhead matched that standard.
“We got an early goal and unfortunately didn’t manage to hang on to it for too long. We were then forced to defend a lot of balls into our box in the second half, which we expected to do, but I though Scott Gibson and Gerry McLauchlan were terrific in dealing with that threat.
“Over the piece I thought a draw was a fair result. Both teams had chances to nick the win, ours coming through Gerry and Kurtis towards the end. Given that it was a venue which historically we have struggled at, I can’t complain at taking a point from the match.”
Turning his thoughts to the Berwick match Gus said: “We’re expecting it to be a real test for the players with our visitors going into the match on the back of a solid victory last weekend. We know that opposition teams enjoy coming to play at Hampden and Berwick will be no different.
“From our perspective it’s a game we are very much looking forward to. It’s our home game and the onus is on us to go out there first and foremost to compete. The standard to which we have shown in previous games is what we’ll be looking for and the players know what is expected of them.
“We’re confident that if we can match those standards and show the same work ethic we’ve displayed so far, we can take something from the game – but we are very much aware of the threat that Berwick will pose and that’s something which we will respect.”
On the injury front the gaffer, who confirmed after the Peterhead game that the squad is already carrying more knocks and injuries than he would have hoped for at this stage in the season, will have some late decisions to make on the availibity of a few players.
The opposition: Berwick Rangers travel to Hampden on a high after securing a 1-0 victory against Stirling Albion at Shielfield Park last Saturday. The winning goal coming from Ross Brown, a summer signing from Airdrieonians. The victory came on the back of a disappointing run in the Betfred cup where Berwick lost all four games and failed to score a single goal. The Black and Gold have some familiar faces within their ranks noteably Darren Lavery who has been at Shielfield Park since 2011 featuring 235 times. Robbie Horn’s side finished in 8th position last season and will be hoping to match or better that this season.
Head to head: Played 148; Queen’s Park 60; Draw 30; Berwick Rangers 58.
Last meeting of the sides: 05/03/2016 Queen’s Park 0-0 Berwick Rangers.
Last matches: 04/08/2018 Peterhead 1-1 Queen’s Park; 04/08/2018 Berwick Rangers 1-0 Stirling Albion
Match officials: Referee – David Lowe. Assistants – Ross Haswell and Michael MacDermid.
Admission prices: Adults £14; Senior Citizens (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed/Children (u16) £3.
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Our next match: 14/08/2018 v Ayr United in IRN-BRU Cup at Hampden Park. Kick off 7:45pm.
Other SPFL League 2 Fixtures: Albion Rovers v Peterhead, Cowdenbeath v Annan Athletic, Elgin City v Edinburgh City and Stirling Albion v Clyde.