The Spiders face their longest away trip of the league campaign on Saturday as they make the journey up the A9 to take on Gavin Price’s Elgin side at Borough Briggs. With just two points separating the sides in the table and both teams going into the game on the back of disappointing results it’s a tough one to call. One thing’s for sure though, Mark Roberts will be looking for a drastically improved performance from his side to that which was produced at Hampden last Saturday when Edinburgh City ran out comfortable 2-0 winners.
Ahead of the Elgin clash the club media team spoke to the interim gaffer to get his thoughts. Previewing the game Roberts said: “Saturday is one of those games that we know will be very difficult. It’ll be an entirely different type of match to last week and it’s one of those that we will need to roll up the sleeves and get stuck in. I know games like that generally aren’t very pretty to watch but we need to make sure we do what is required to get a result.
“We need to make things difficult for Elgin, compete from the start and make sure we win first and second ball, we can’t afford to stand off and be second best.
“We’ve had two positive training sessions this week and used Tuesday’s session to go over where we went wrong against Edinburgh City. The players are desperate to get back to winning ways and are putting in the hard work at every training session.
“Whilst we go into Saturday’s game looking for a reaction to the results of the last two matches we are mindful that Elgin also go into the game on the back of a defeat and they too will be looking to make amends for that. We will however go there in a confident frame of mind and in the knowledge that should we play to the level and standards expected, we are capable of getting a result.
One the squad front Roberts confirmed that Gregor Fotheringham and Lewis Hawke are likely miss out through injury however both Gerry McLauchlan and Ciaran Summers have been declared fit despite minimal participation in training this week from the pair.
Roberts confirmed that on the back of his four goal performance in the 5-2 midweek win for the Strollers, front man Euan East, who has found opportunities limited since his arrival, will likely feature at some point during the match.
The Opposition: Gavin Price’s men go into the game on the back of a 4-1 away defeat to third placed Clyde last weekend. They found themselves 3-0 down after just 40 minutes before Jordan Lowdon’s goal on the stroke of half time gave them hope however the Bully Wee put the game out of sight courtesy of Abdelkarim Belmokhta’s 67th minute goal. The result left City in sixth place, one position and two points ahead of Queen’s, having picked up 10 points from their first six matches.
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Head to head: Played 57; Queen’s Park 29 (goals scored 105); Draw 16; Elgin City 12 (goals scored 59).
Last meeting of the sides: 16/04/2016 Elgin City 1-1 Queen’s Park, League Two.
Last matches: 22/09/2018 Queen’s Park 0-2 Edinburgh City; Clyde 4-1 Elgin City.
Recent form: Queen’s Park LWDDLL; Elgin City DWWLWL.
Admission prices: Ground – Adult £12 & Concession £7; Stand – Adult £14 & Concession £9.
Match officials: Referee – Chris Graham. Assistants – Alastiar Mather and Ross Birrell.
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Supporters information: The Sports Bar at Borough Briggs will be open from 12.00 onwards on Saturday (no under 18s are permitted). The Large Hall Ball at the stadium will be open from 1.30pm (children permitted under adult supervision).
Our next match: Saturday 6th October v Clyde at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.
Other League Two matches: Albion Rovers v Stirling Albion; Annan Athletic v Peterhead; Berwick Rangers v Clyde; Edinburgh City v Cowdenbeath.