East Fife v Queen’s Park
The Spiders return to competitive action with a trip to face East Fife at Bayview. And with a fortnight having passed since both sides last played a league match, the teams will undoubtedly be raring to go again – for different reasons. Queen’s will be looking for a similar type of performance that saw a 2-0 deficit clawed back against Stranraer to walk away with an unlikely point, while the home side will be looking to put their 5-0 defeat at the hands of Raith Rovers, firmly into the past.
Reflecting back on the 2-2 draw with Stranraer Queen’s Gaffer Gus MacPherson said: “After an extremely frustrating start to the game we found ourselves two down and it could have been more. We huffed and puffed to get going and I thought after we got the first half hour out the way there was some good play.
“There was a great deal of energy in the second half performance and I thought the substitutes had the impact that we asked for. I thought the point was nothing less than we deserved. We created plenty of chances, put some great balls into the box and you begin to think it could be another one of those days but we kept plugging away, never gave up and got the rewards for those efforts.”
Looking ahead to the East Fife game an optimistic Gus added: “It goes without saying that this will be another very tough game. Every game this season, home and away, will be the same. It’s vital that we go into the match in a positive manner. We’re keen to get our first win of the season under our belt and it’s fair to say we would take any kind of victory, even a scrappy one.
“We have to take the positives from our performances against Alloa and Stranraer in the last two games and continue working hard to make improvements. We know we’ll be up against a strong East Fife side and it’s important we don’t start the game like we did against Stranraer. We need to ensure we’re doing the basics right and when we do create chances, that we take them.”
When asked about recent loan signing Jack Iredale and what he would bring to the squad the gaffer said: “Jack is a natural and strong left sided defender, something which we have been requiring for some time. We had made enquiries about him earlier in the summer when he had been on trial with St Mirren. At that time, he chose to go to Morton, but then became available. I’m delighted to have him in the squad and I’m sure he’ll be a good addition.”
It not such good news at the other end of the park though as the gaffer confirmed he is dealing with a number of injuries. Forwards Ewan MacPherson and James MacLennan miss out through injury, along with midfielder Luke Whelan who picked up an injury early on in Wednesday night’s U20 win over Clyde. The gaffer also confirmed that striker Billy Mortimer has joined Cumbernauld Colts on loan.
The opposition: The Fife side go into the game having won two and lost the other two of their opening four league matches. Their last outing was a fortnight ago when they suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat at the hands of local rivals Raith Rovers. Goals from Barr, Vaughan and Spence had the Kirkcaldy side three up at the break before Buchanan and Spence ensured the win with second half strikes leaving the Methill side in sixth place in the table.
Head to head: Played 118; Queen’s Park 47; Draw 26; East Fife 45.
Last match: 26/08/2017; Queen’s Park 2-2 Stranraer; East Fife 0-5 Raith Rovers’
Recent form: Queen’s Park WLLLLD; East Fife WLWLWL.
Match officials: Referee – Alan Newlands. Assistants – Andy Milne and Connor Ashwood.
Admission: Adults £15; Senior Citizens (65+) £12; Children £5; Parent & child £18.
Other League One fixtures: Alloa Athletic v Forfar Athletic; Arbroath v Albion Rovers; Raith Rovers v Ayr United; Stranraer v Airdrieonians.
Our next match: 16/09/2017 v Raith Rovers at Hampden. Kick off 3pm.