The buzz and excitment of progress in the Scottish Cup and a glamour tie to the 3rd best team in the country, Motherwell, was short lived for Queen’s fans. A poor result at home to Peterhead saw Gardner Speirs’ side fail to pick up the great form they had earlier in the season. The draw meant its one win in 5 for Queen’s, compared the the excellent 4 wins and one draw in the previous 5.
Peterhead were considered favourites to bounce straight back into the SFL Division 2 after relegation last season but find themselves bottom of the table with only seven points, one of those gained at the weekend against Queen’s Park.
It was an odd start to the game with Peterhead taking the lead early on. Davie Murray equalised with 8 minutes left on the clock to spare the home fans some blushes but, just to deepen disapointment for the home side, subsitute Stewart’s effort late into injury time was dramatically saved by the Peterhead keeper to deny the Spiders a win. Murray scoring his 3rd goal of the season in that game, putting himone goal behind Daly and two goals behind Longsworth & Smith.
It’s the 17 goals shared between Longsworth,Smith & Daly this season,that has seen Queen’s have their great run of form, and also has helped them gather points in matches when they easily could have seen defeat. It will be crutial tonight that the reliable players for Queen’s turn up and play.
Murray & Smith have notably been amongst the goals in recent matches and Speirs will be hoping they can continute that trend tonight in a match that will see the winner potentially move up into the playoff spot, in 4th position. So can Murray emulate his weekend performance & get on the score sheet again?
The visitors won at the weekend against Berwick ,which was their first victory in 5 games, since their 7-1 demolition of East Stirling last month. Unlike Queen’s Park, Clyde’s form this season has been all over the place, draws here, wins there, losses everywhere. It has been a season of struggling to find some luck and failure to string some results together.
If Clyde are to take anything into this game it should be the following. Firstly, they have just beaten Berwick, and if they win tonight, they climb above Berwick in the table , which would hopefully spiral some long coming, much needed momentum. The other reason for hope for the Bully Wee, is Sweeney & Neil have been striking well this season finding 8 goals between them. It’s nothing on the Hampden frontmen , but it’s something to hope for.
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By Simon Bienkowski, you can follow him on Twitter at @simonbien.