Queen’s get their League Two campaign underway at Forthbank on Saturday against Kevin Rutkiewicz’s Stirling Albion in a match that both sides will go into with their eyes set on an opening day three points.
The Binos, like Queen’s, exited the Betfred Cup at the group stages having picked up one point from four very difficult ties, three of whom came from leagues higher than the Binos will feature in this coming season.
If last season is anything to go on, there’s likely to be very little between the sides on Saturday. The sides met one five occasions during the 2018/19 campaign drawing three and winning one apiece with both wins being by a single goal.
Ahead of Saturday’s opener the club media team caught up with the gaffer to get his thoughts and hopes for the season ahead. Roberts said: “It’s important we aim as high as possible and look to achieve as high a finish in the table as we are capable of.
“We have a squad of players that I believe are hungry to do very well and they are up for it. We know what we need to do in order to achieve and that is to be consistent over 36 games.
“I’m very pleased with how we have recruited over the summer, but that work is not done. The injuries we’ve picked up over the last couple of weeks have highlighted areas that we need to strengthen, and work continues behind the scenes to recruit the right personnel. It’s also important to me that we have competition for places throughout the entire squad, as that will the players on the toe’s week on week.
“We go into to tomorrow’s game expecting and knowing it’ll be a difficult one for us. Like ourselves and the majority of other teams in the league this season, Stirling Albion will also have high hopes of having a good season.
“We know that in order to have a consistent season we need to ensure we’re solid at the back and not wasteful in front of goal, we know how much it costs us last season losing silly goals and not taking our chances at the other end.
“We will have a few late calls to make on the availability of certain players tomorrow, but I’m delighted to welcome the skipper Scott Gibson back in to the matchday squad. Scott’s not trained much recently as he’s battled back from injury but it’s important to have guys like him in and around the squad and he may well feature for us at some point during the match.”
The opposition: Stirling Albion get their League Two season underway after a disappointing Betfred Cup which saw the lose their last three games after a promising draw with Hibs in their opening match. The Binos managed to finish fifth last season just missing out on the play offs and manager Kevin Rutkiewicz will be looking for a positive start to the season to allow them to have another successful season. Rutkiewicz made several summer signings including former Spiders Josh Peters and Lewis Hawke, he has also signed midfielder David Wilson from Annan who has made an immediate impact, scoring two goals during the Betfred Cup group stage.
Head to head: Played 108; Queen’s Park 34; Draw 29; Stirling Albion 45.
Goals scored – Queen’s Park 127; Stirling Albion 148.
Last meeting of the sides: 30/03/19 Queen’s Park 0 – 0 Stirling Albion, League Two.
Last matches: 23/07/2019 Alloa Athletic 2 – 1 Stirling Albion; 28/07/2019 Queen’s Park 1 – 1 Clyde (Queen’s Park won the penalty shootout 5-4)
Recent form: Queen’s Park DLDD; Stirling Albion DLLL.
Match officials: Referee – Calum Scott. Assistants Referees – Stuart Stevenson and Jonathan Gall.
Admission: Adults £14.00; Seniors/Students £10.00; U16s £5.00 and U12s Free.
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Other League 2 games: Brechin City v Annan Athletic, Cove Rangers v Edinburgh City, Elgin City v Cowdenbeath, Stenhousemuir v Albion Rovers.
Next Match: 06/08/2019 Queen’s Park v Celtic Colts, Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup. Penny Cars Stadium Kick Off – 19.45pm.