The Spiders head to the Kingdom of Fife this weekend to take on the side below us in the table, Cowdenbeath. With just five points separating the sides and the Blue Brazil having played one game less, Mark Roberts’ side will be looking for a continuation of the form that has seen back to back victories in order to open that gap further, but there was a warning from the gaffer that that’ll be no easy achievement for his side at Central Park.
As Roberts’ spoke to the club media team on the eve of the clash he was under no illusions as to the challenge that awaits, saying: “We’re expecting an extremely difficult game at a venue that is notoriously difficult. We know they’re a good side at home and they proved in the last match against us here that if we’re not at our best they will turn us over.
“I expect it to be a similar match to the recent game at Berwick, one where the onus is on the players to go out and win their own individual battles, win first and second balls and hopefully take chances when they come our way.
“Cowdenbeath, along with the other sides around us in the table are all on the same boat as ourselves in that we’re not playing for promotion or to avoid relegation but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to play for. From our perspective it’s important we win as many games as possible between now and the end of the season and it would be pleasing to see us move further up the table. I suspect that Cowdenbeath will have the same aspirations and they’ll be well up for tomorrow’s game.
“On our part it’s a game that the players go into high in confidence, buoyed from the recent wins but also from the performances in the games prior to those victories. We’ve been playing well in the most part for quite a while now and it’s vital that we work hard to continue that and improve where necessary.
“I’m pleased to be going into Saturday’s game with almost a full squad at my disposal. At this point it looks like it’ll just be Billy Mortimer who will miss out as he continues his fightback from injury.”
The opposition: Gary Bollan’s side current sit eighth in the table, one place and five points behind the Spiders, but with a game in hand. They are unbeaten in this fixture so far this season with a win and two draws and they go into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with ninth placed Berwick Rangers at Shielfield Park a fortnight ago.
Head to head: Played 176; Queen’s Park 71; Draw 45; Cowdenbeath 60.
Previous meetings this season: 01/09/2018 Queen’s Park 0-0 Cowdenbeath; 27/11/2018 Cowdenbeath 2-0 Queen’s Park; 09/02/2019 Queen’s Park 1-1 Cowdenbeath
Recent form: Queen’s Park WDLLWW; Cowdenbeath WLLLLD.
Last matches: 16/03/2019 Queen’s Park 4-1 Elgin City; 09/03/2019 Berwick Rangers 1-1 Cowdenbeath.
Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Lewis Hawke (10 goals); Cowdenbeath – David Cox and Jordyn Sheerin (8 goals).
Match officials: Referee – Craig Napier. Assistants – Gary Hilland and Ryan Oliver.
Admission: Adult £12; OAP (65+) £6; Youth (U16) £6.
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Our next match: Saturday 30th March v Stirling Albion at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.