Albion Rovers vs Queen's Park - Preview

Last updated : 01 January 2007 By Andyboy
Rovers, fresh off a 4-0 hammering of East Stirlingshire at their home ground on Saturday, will have to be faced without a number of key Spiders players. Alan Trouten and Paul Paton are still suspended while Tony Quinn, Stephen Reilly, Mark Cairns and Jonny Whelan are ruled out through injury. The good news is Richard Sinclair is once again available for selection after serving his two match ban.

While Rovers were humping Shirey at Cliftonhell we were continuing our good festive season form with a fine 0-0 draw at fellow promotion chasers Dumbarton. Our makeshift defence stood firm and denied highly rated striker Stephen Dobbie a fairytale ending to his loan spell at Sons. This injury crisis has had some other good points, the emergence of Paul Cairney has him earmarked as a real star of the future while Chris Colquhoun, despite only playing 4 minutes on Saturday, looks like a decent young player with a possible future at Hampden Park.

This season, both Queen's and Rovers have been praised by supporters of other teams as two of the best footballing sides in the division, but these derby affairs normally bring the worst out of teams, and don't expect anything other than a battle on the predictably boggy Coatbridge surface tomorrow afternoon.

We have met our rivals twice in the league this season. In August, a Spiders side fresh off dumping Aberdeen, were held to a 1-1 draw at Cliftonhill thanks to Joe Savage's last minute looping header over Mark Cairns. David Weatherston had given Queen's the lead with his first for the season. In November a late Stephen Reilly penalty decided a tense Hampden encounter. Alan Trouten hammered Queen's into the lead before Chaplain headed home a leveller moments later. Weatherston was brought down by keeper Ewings with 7 minutes left and Reilly did the business to take our winning run to 4 matches.

How we would take a similiar outcome tomorrow!

David Crawford, Paul Cairney, Mick Dunlop, Damiano Agostini, Richard Sinclair, Steven Canning, Stuart Kettlewell, Tommy Murray, Paul Ronald, David Weatherston, Mark Ferry

SUBS: Xander Cowie, Robert Dunn, David Waters, Chris Colquhoun, Richard Bowers

Rovers star Felvus scores against them in his Queen's days. He will no doubt look to do the opposite tomorrow.