Elgin City make the long journey down the A9 to provide the opposition for Queen’s at Hampden on Saturday. On the back of a solid and impressive start to the season Mark Roberts’ side will be raring to go as the gaffer’s quest to put as many points on the board in the first quarter of the season continues.
Those who made the trip to Glebe Park and took in last Saturday’s terrific 3-0 win will be hoping for a repeat of that performance, as would the gaffer, but it was a cautious approach from him ahead of the game. He warned that it will be no easy feat against an Elgin side looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at home last week.
Speaking to the club media team before training on Thursday Roberts said: “The boys are flying just now and can’t wait for the next training session and game. When you’re playing well, as we have been recently, and winning games, the next one can’t come soon enough.
“Last Saturday’s win at Brechin was great for us and without being disrespectful, I thought the score line flattered them, and we could have had a few more. That in itself is a massive positive for us.
“Turning our thoughts to Saturday’s game and we know it’ll be a very tough one, I believe our biggest test in the league so far. Elgin have some quality players in their squad and will pose a real threat going forward. Having said that, it’s our home game and I believe we are good enough to go and win the game. If we can continue the form, we’ve shown recently I don’t see why we won’t continue to win games and put vital points on the board at this early stage in the season.
“There is a real confidence in the squad, that’s the way it should be and it’s what we’re looking to continue building on. Clean sheets, like last week are vital because we know we can be a real threat going forward with the players we have at our disposal.
“We have enjoyed a good start to the season but it’s far too early to be getting carried away, we’re only three games in. I’ve said it previously but putting as many points on the board as early as possible is my hope. After a dozen games or so we will then have a better picture of where we stand. There’s not an awful lot between many of the teams in the league this year so it’s important we continue to work hard and make sure we are not one of the teams looking behind us.”
On the injury front the gaffer confirmed that he has one or two players carrying minor knocks with Joffrey Lidouren and Alfredo Agyeman likely to face late fitness tests to determine whether they’ll feature. There was however some positive news as Roberts confirmed that midfielder Calvin McGrory was returning to full training having been side-lined for a number of weeks. It will however be a couple of weeks before he is back to full fitness and available for selection.
The opposition: Gavin Price’s side have opened their league campaign with a win, loss and draw from their first three matches. Having beat Cowdenbeath 3-0 at home on the opening day of the season they followed this up with a 1-1 draw at Galabank against Annan. Their last outing was a 1-0 defeat at home a week ago against Stenhousemuir. Elgin’s record at Hampden currently stands at played 31, won seven, drawn seven and lost 17.
Head to head: Played 61; Queen’s Park 30; Draw 17; Elgin City 14.
Goals scored – Queen’s Park 112; Elgin City 68.
Last meeting of the sides: 16/03/2019 Queen’s Park 4-1 Elgin City, League Two.
Last matches: 17/08/2019 Brechin City 0-3 Queen’s Park; Elgin City 0-1 Queen’s Park.
Recent form: Queen’s Park DDWDDW; Elgin City LWWDWL
Match officials: Referee – Matthew McDermid. Assistants Referees – Kylie Cockburn and Blair Fraser.
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Other League 2 games: Albion Rovers v Brechin City; Cowdenbeath v Annan Athletic; Stirling Albion v Cove Rangers; Stenhousemuir v Edinburgh City.
Next Match: 31/08/2019 v Cove Rangers at Balmoral Stadium. Kick off 3.00pm.