The Spiders face the longest away day of the season on Saturday with a trip to face sixth placed Elgin City at Borough Briggs. With players and coaching staff will have the luxury of an overnight in scenic Nairn tonight, the hope will be that the reduced amount of travelling on match day will have the players rested and ready to go as we look to build on last Saturday’s positive result at Ainslie Park. That Scottish Cup victory of Spartans was our first taste of victory since the excellent 3-0 win over Brechin at Glebe Park in August and everyone in the Spiders camp will be hoping to savour another away victory at Borough Briggs come 5pm on Saturday.
Ahead of the game the club media team spoke to the gaffer to get his thoughts and previewing the tie he said: “We are expecting a very difficult game against an Elgin side who’ve won their last three on the bounce. We know Borough Briggs is a tough place to go but it’s a game we go into high on confidence and looking to win.
“We have the opportunity to build on last week’s win and start creating some momentum going into the second quarter of the league season and three points tomorrow would be a great lift. There is the added incentive of being able to move above Elgin with a win, and with no other games in League Two taking place due to cup replays, possibly move up to fourth.
“We won’t get ahead of ourselves though and the players know what they need to do if we are to give ourselves a chance of winning the game. It’s a fact that we haven’t been scoring enough goals and in games like Saturday’s, the first goal can often prove to be crucial. We’ll need to be at our best all over the park and win our battles to give ourselves a chance.”
On the injury front Roberts is likely to be forced to go without the services of central defender Creag Little who picked up a foot injury in training on Tuesday, however with that exception and long term casualties Lewis Magee and Adam Martin, the gaffer has a full squad available at his disposal.
The opposition: City go into this match sitting sixth in the table, one place above the Spiders, courtesy of goal difference. Like Queen’s they have picked up nine points from their first nine league fixtures, one of those points coming from a goalless draw at Hampden back in August. They have won their last three games on the bounce including impressive victories at Albion Rovers (3-1) and Airdrieonians (2-0) prior to dumping Berwick Rangers out of the Scottish Cup at Borough Briggs last Saturday courtesy of a 3-1 victory.
Head to head: Played 62; Queen’s Park 30; Draw 18; Elgin City 14. Scored – Queen’s Park 112; Elgin City 68.
Last matches: 19/10/2019 Spartans 0-2 Queen’s Park; Elgin City 3-1 Berwick Rangers.
Recent form: Queen’s Park – LDLLLW; Elgin City LLLWWW.
Match officials: Referee – Scott Lambie; Assistant Referees – David Roome and Duncan Nicholson.
Admission: Ground – Adult £12 & Concession £7; Stand – Adult £14 & Concession £9.
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Next Match: 02/11/2019 v Stenhousemuir at Ochilview. Kick off 3.00pm.