Saturday sees the Spiders return to league action after last week’s Irn-Bru Cup heroics against The New Saints. That was a game that will live long in the memory of Spiders fans and it’s a match that the squad will take plenty from going into Saturday’s match at Forthbank.
Ahead of the game the club media team caught up with gaffer Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts.
Previewing the game Gus said: “We go into the game knowing that it’ll be a real tough test for us. Like ourselves Stirling Albion go into the game on the back of a good win last time out when they took all three points up in Elgin. They’ve since beat Brechin in a friendly and will go into Saturday’s game looking to keep the momentum going.
“They have a squad that contains real experience and after being without some of those players at the start of the season, they’re beginning to have them all available again. They’ll be looking at the league table and wondering how they’re in their current position and undoubtedly, they’ll be looking to put the points on the board that will pull them clear of the bottom end of the table.
“That said, we go into the game high in confidence on the back of last week’s result against The New Saints. Not for the first time this season, the boys showed real character and a never say die attitude through their hard work.
“The highs of that victory carried forward into training this week and the tempo was evidently raised. They squad know what is expected of them and will go into the Stirling Albion game determined to take something from it. We know we’ll need to be at our best, apply ourselves right and reach the standards we’ve shown already this season.
On the injury front there was more bad news than good news as the gaffer confirmed Gerry McLauchlan, Gavin Lachlan, Dean Kindlan, Dan Kindlan, Ewan MacPherson, Jack Dunlop and Calvin McGrory are all included in the lengthy injury list which has plagued the squad at this early stage in the season. The good news from the gaffer was the return to the squad of Gregor Fotheringham, who has joined the squad late due to study commitments. Josh Peters is also in contention after getting some valuable game time under his belt last week.
The opposition: The Binos go into the game sitting ninth in the table having picked up three points from their opening five matches. Dave Mackay’s men ended a run of four successive league defeats with an impressive 3-0 win over Elgin City at Borough Briggs a fortnight ago. First half goals from Cameron Thomson, Peter MacDonald and Jordan Allan ensured they took all three points back down the A9 to Forthbank.
60 second lowdowns: QPTV have produced a short video with the lowdown on Stirling Albion http://bit.ly/2p7z0Bz
Head to head: Played 103; Queen’s Park 33; Draw 26; Stirling Albion 44;
Head to head goals scored: Queen’s Park 123; Stirling Albion 144.
Last meeting of the sides: 02/04/2016 Queen’s Park 1-1 Stirling Albion (Scottish League Two).
Last matches: 08/09/2018: The New Saints 2-2 Queen’s Park (Queen’s Park won 4-2 on penalties); 01/09/2018 Elgin City 0-3 Stirling Albion.
Match officials: Referee – Lloyd Wilson. Assistants – Paul O’Neill and Michael McCart.
Admission prices: Adults £13, Concessions (65+/Students) £9, U16s £5, U12’s FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult).
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Our next match: 22/09/2018 v Edinburgh City at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.
Other League Two fixtures: Berwick Rangers v Elgin City, Clyde v Albion Rovers, Cowdenbeath v Peterhead and Edinburgh City v Annan Athletic.