Shielfield Park is the destination for Mark Roberts’ side this weekend as they face Jonny Harvey’s ninth placed Berwick Rangers. The Wee Gers might currently be sitting second bottom in League Two but Shielfield is never an easy ground to get results from and the gaffer was all to aware of that as he spoke to the club media team on the eve of the match.
Looking ahead to the game Roberts said: “There are the games that we need to be winning if we are to be where we want to be in the table at the end of the season. We have aspirations to move up the league and these are the types of games that will prove crucial if we are to be successful in that regard.
“It’s a tough place to go and get results, I remember that from my playing days, so we’ll need to be at our best if we are to take something from the game. It’s been proved on a number of occasions already this season in this league that if you’re not at your best other sides will capitalise on it.
“From our perspective we go into the game on the back of a decent result against Stirling Albion last week and we’ll be looking to build on that. Berwick Rangers are the opposite, and go in on the back of a heavy defeat and we’re very aware they’ll be looking for a reaction to that result.
“It’s well documented that we’re not without our problems to seek at the back tomorrow and I have decisions to make with both Gerry McLauchlan and Dom McLaren suspended. It’s frustrating that we have five recognised centre backs at the club and only have one available tomorrow, but it presents an opportunity for someone to step into the position and show me what they can do.
Roberts this week wrapped up a deal that sees veteran Alan Gow join until the end of the season and the gaffer seemed pleased when asked for his thoughts on that piece of business. Roberts said: “I’m delighted to get that sorted and look forward to working with Alan to get him 100% fit. We’ve saw glimpses of what he has to offer in recent weeks when he’s featured as a trialist but I believe we won’t see the best of him until after the Christmas/New Year period as he gets towards full fitness. He’s not played a lot of football over the last to years but he’s technically gifted and will bring a much needed wealth of experience to the squad, which can only be beneficial for those playing with him.”
The opposition: Johnny Harvey’s side currently sit second bottom of the pile in League Two with 13 points from 15 games so far. The Shielfield Park side go into the game on the back of a heavy 5-0 defeat at home to title contenders Peterhead last Saturday. They have played 12 home matches in all competitions this season, winning three and losing nine.
Head to head: Played 150; Queen’s Park 62; Draw 31; Berwick Rangers 57.
Last meeting of the sides: 11/08/2018 Queen’s Park 1-0 Berwick Rangers (League Two).
Recent form: Queen’s Park WLLLLD; Berwick Rangers LWWLDL.
Last matches: 08/12/2018 Queen’s Park 1-1 Stirling Albion; Berwick Rangers 0-5 Peterhead.
Match officials: Referee – Steven Reid. Assistants – Stuart Hodge and Chris Newman.
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Our next match: 22/12/2018 v Elgin City at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.
Other League Two matches: Clyde v Annan Athletic; Edinburgh City v Elgin City; Peterhead v Cowdenbeath; Stirling Albion v Albion Rovers.