The Spiders make the journey down the M74 to Dumfriesshire on Saturday to take on seventh placed Annan Athletic at Galabank, in our final league fixture of 2020. They do so with the momentum of an unbeaten start in the league behind us, having picked up 20 points from the first eight matches. On the road the Spiders have yet to concede in league action, a statistic that the players and coaching staff alike will be hoping to build upon this afternoon.
“We head to Galabank in a confident frame of mind but very much expecting a difficult game against Annan. The players know that they will need to be at their best from the start and we want to see them matching the high standards they’ve set themselves so far this season.
“It’s important that we keep it tight at the back and stamp our authority on the game early on. That’s the case for every game this season, home or away. We can’t afford to make the mistakes we did against Edinburgh City last week, mistakes which we were punished for.
“I’m delighted that we will be playing in front of fans again. I heard this week that would be the case and it is great news. It’s a welcome step forward in Scotland, given we are seeing it happening down south, and even although it won’t be our own fans at this stage, it will be a welcome sight and it will certainly add to the match.
Squad news: The gaffer was delighted to confirm that he has no fresh injury concerns to contend with ahead of the match which gives him a fully fit squad to choose from.
The opposition: It’s been a fortnight since the Galabank side were last in action after the weather put paid to their scheduled match away to Brechin City last Saturday. Peter Murphy’s side’s last outing was a narrow 1-0 defeat at Borough Briggs where a long range effort from Russell Dingwall not long after the break was enough to ensure the points for Elgin City. In all competitions Annan have played five home games so far this season, winning one, drawing two, losing two, scoring seven and conceding 10.
Head to head: Played 37; Queen’s Park 11; Draw 7; Annan Athletic 19. Scored – Queen’s Park 40; Annan Athletic 60.
Last meeting of the sides: 29/02/2020 Queen’s Park 2-0 Annan Athletic, Scottish League Two.
Last matches: 12/11/2020 Queen’s Park 3-3 Edinburgh City; 05/12/2020 Elgin City 1-0 Annan Athletic.
Recent form (all competitions): Queen’s Park LLWWWD; Annan Athletic LLWWLL.
Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Will Baynham and Bob McHugh (3); Annan Athletic -Max Wright (5).
Match officials: Referee – Lorraine Watson; Assistant Referees – Sean Carr and Colin Drummond.
Live streaming: Annan Athletic will be providing a live stream for the match and you can read their step by step guide to accessing their service via this link https://www.annanathleticfc.com/how-to-register-for-our-pay-per-view/
Programme: Annan Athletic have produced a digital match programme for the match which you can read here https://suitsuitstudio.com/newsstand/annan/queenspark/…
Facebook: Get the team news at 2.15pm followed by live goal, half time and full time score updates via our Facebook page.
Twitter: Get the team news at 2.15pm followed by live updates throughout the match via our Twitter account @QueensParkFC.
Instagram: Get the team news at 2.15pm followed by live goal, half time and full-time score updates via our Instagram.
QPTV: Post match reaction from the manager will be available shortly after the game. Match highlights to follow on Sunday morning on our YouTube channel.
Next match: 28/12/2020 v Dundonald Bluebell, Scottish Cup First Round. Kick off 7.45pm. Live on the BBC Scotland channel.
Other League Two matches: Cowdenbeath v Brechin City; Edinburgh City v Stirling Albion; Elgin City v Stenhousemuir; Stranraer v Albion Rover.