From one end of the country to the other in the space of a few days, it’s all part and parcel of following the Spiders. Galabank is the destination for Mark Roberts side on Saturday as they go up against an in-form Annan Athletic who have lost just once in their last 10 matches as their push for a play-off spot intensifies.
The Spiders go into the game on the back of two hard fought draws in the past week, the latter, a 2-2 draw at Borough Briggs on Tuesday night, feeling more like a defeat given the position we found ourselves in with just over ten minutes to play. That said, in refection a point away from home midweek against a side who had been on a decent winning run should not be viewed as a negative.
Ahead of the trip to Galabank the club media team caught up Mark Roberts to get his thoughts.
Previewing the game Roberts said: “It goes without saying that we’ll be expecting another very difficult game against a side who are on form just now. Outside those teams competing for the title Annan have been the most consistent and are where they are in the table on merit.
“They’re a very good side at home and make themselves very difficult to beat, as we found out during our previous visit there earlier in the season. They possess real quality throughout their squad and are a threat going forward. We’ll need to be at, or close to our best to match that.
“That said, we go into the game in a confident frame of mind on the back of two hard fought points in the last two matches. Tuesday night’s game at Elgin was a harsh lesson for the young players in the squad but I’m hopeful that they will learn from that and look to put it behind them. In the end it felt like a defeat given we had been the better team for long spells of the game. We competed very well and won the battles, something which we’ll need to do again at Galabank on Saturday if we are to take anything from the game.
“We’ll be looking to match the work rate levels we got on Tuesday night and it’s important that we take chances when we create them. It’s equally important that we’re strong at the back and cut out silly mistakes like those which costs us two points on Tuesday.
On the squad front the gaffer confirmed that he will again be without the services of experienced duo Gerry McLauchlan and Alan Gow, both of whom missed Tuesday’s trip to Elgin. Roberts confirmed that Gow had taken part in some light training this week but that he would not be fit enough to be included in the squad. Scott McLean’s inclusion is also a doubt with the gaffer confirming that a late decision will need to be made on the winger’s fitness.
The opposition: Peter Murphy’s side go into the game having lost just one from their last 10 matches, winning seven and drawing the other two. Their attacking threat is highlighted by the stats which show they have scored 10 their last three matches. Their last outing was a 2-1 away win at Berwick Rangers on Tuesday night.
Head to head: Played 32; Queen’s Park 10; Draw 17; Annan Athletic 15.
Previous meetings this season: 18/08/2018 Annan Athletic 3-1 Queen’s Park; 03/11/2018 Queen’s Park 0-0 Annan Athletic.
Recent form: Queen’s Park DWDLDD; Annan Athletic WWDWWW.
Last matches: 26/02/2019 Elgin City 2-2 Queen’s Park; Berwick Rangers 1-2 Annan Athletic.
Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Lewis Hawke (9 goals); Annan Athletic – Tommy Muir (12 goals).
Match officials: Referee – Barry Cook. Assistants – John McCrossan and Gary Logan.
Admission: Adults – £12; Concessions (65+ U16s) – £6; Accompanied U12s – FREE.
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Our next match: Saturday 9th March v Edinburgh City (away). Kick off 3.00pm.
Other League Two matches: Albion Rovers v Berwick Rangers; Clyde v Edinburgh City; Cowdenbeath v Stirling Albion; Peterhead v Elgin City.