It’s not everyday the TV cameras are at Hampden to cover the Spiders in action, but it is the case on Friday evening as Queen’s play host to Welsh side Connah’s Quay Nomads under the national stadium floodlights and in front of a live BBC Alba audience.
Mark Roberts side have earned their crack at a possible semi-final slot having overcame difficult hurdles in each of the last three rounds, but equally, Andy Morrison’s Nomads side will be desperate to make their mark on the competition as they fly the flag for Welsh football. With Queen’s unbeaten in six, including five wins in that run, and The Nomads sitting top of the JD Welsh Premier League it’s certainly not an easy one to call, and although the Welsh may be slight favourites in some eyes, who could write off Mark Roberts’ resurgent side.
Ahead of the Hampden clash, the club media team caught up with the gaffer to get his thoughts on the challenge that awaits his squad.
Roberts said: “It goes without saying that this is a match that everyone associated with the club is looking forward to. It’s not everyday you reach this stage of a cup competition and with a semi-final place at stake it’s huge for us.
“We are aware that we’ll face a very good Nomads side who are top of their domestic league on merit and who will be relishing the opportunity of coming to Hampden. We know they’re a good side and they are capable of causing us problems however we go into the game in a very confident frame of mind.
“We’re on a great run just now which is breeding confidence throughout the squad and this is a game that I want us to win. The feeling experienced after what was a great achievement in knocking TNS out in an earlier round was one which we savoured and that’s what we want again.
“The players know it’s achievable and from my perspective I know if they go out and apply themselves as they have been doing recently, working as hard as they can and give everything they’ve got, we’ll give ourselves a good chance of getting a result.
“I couldn’t fault the squad for how they’ve performed since I took over and they know that the same level of commitment and performance is required going forward if we are to keep this run going.”
On the squad front Roberts confirmed that there are no new injury concerns for him to contend with and hinted that with that in mind, there is unlikely to be any changes to the squad that achieved last Saturday’s fantastic result over Peterhead.
The opposition: The Nomads current top the JD Welsh Premier League, ahead of second placed Barry Town United on goal difference and three points ahead of the Spiders previous opponents, The New Saints. Andy Morrison’s side go into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw last weekend against Barry Town United in a match that saw the and then trail 2-1 before rescuing a point inside the final 15 minutes.
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Recent form: Queen’s Park WWWWDW; The Nomads WLDWWD.
Last matches: 10/11/2018 Queen’s Park 2-0 Peterhead; The Nomads 2-2 Barry Town United.
Irn Bru Cup Form 2018/19
First Round: Queen’s Park 0-0 Ayr United (QP win 4-2 on penalties.)
Second Round: The New Saints 2-2 Queen’s Park (QP win 4-2 on penalties); Falkirk 0-1 The Nomads. Third Round: St Mirren Colts 2-4 Queen’s Park; The Nomads 2-0 Coleraine.
Match officials: Referee – David Rock. Assistants – Frank Connor and David Doig. Fourth Official – Alan Newlands.
Admission prices: Adults £14; Senior Citizens (65+) £5; Student/Unemployed/Children (u16) £3.00.
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Our next match: 24/11/2018 v Raith Rovers at Hampden, Scottish Cup Third Round, kick off 3.00pm.
Other Irn-Bru Cup Fixtures: Edinburgh City v Alloa Athletic; Motherwell U21s v Ross County (both Saturday 17 November, 3.00pm kick off’s).