Elgin City vs Queen's Park - Preview
After the euphoria of beating Hamilton 2-1 at Hampden in midweek and drawing SPL Aberdeen in the next round, it's back to the bread and butter of the league for Billy Stark's side as they look to pull themselves off the foot of the table.
Last season, Queen's Park's record against City tipped slightly in our favour with two victories and two draws over the northern side. In the first meeting in Elgin, the sides drew 2-2, late goals by David Weatherston and Stephen Reilly securing a point after being down 2-0 at half time. In the first Hampden meeting of the season, Spiders won 3-0 against David Robertson's charges near the end of the former Rangers and Aberdeen defenders reign at City, Alan Trouten, Mark Ferry and Stephen Reilly grabbing the goals.
In January a late Tony Quinn double saw Spiders record a 2-1 success up north and in March in Glasgow the sides drew 3-3, Richard Sinclair's controverisal last minute equaliser securing a share of the spoils.
Elgin have had an upturn in fortunes since the appointment of Aberdeen legend Brian Irvine in early 2006. Under David Robertson, City struggled near the foot of the Third Division table but Irvine helped put together a great run which saw them finish three points behind Arbroath in the final play off place. They also had a cup triumph in midweek, defeating Arbroath 1-0 thanks to a Stuart Mackay goal.
Queen's have Alan Trouten, who sustained a groin injury in Tuesday night's warm up, extremely doubtful and small midfielder Tommy Murray still out with a chipped bone in his foot and ankle ligament damage. Tony Quinn may also miss out after playing through the pain barrier against Accies on Tuesday night. Paul Paton is serving the final game of his two match league suspsnsion.
Elgin are without influential midfielder, and scummy bastard, Adam Nelson after he picked up a red card and a broken leg against East Stirlingshire last week in Elgin's 2-1 reverse at Firs Park.
Saturday 5th August - Queen's Park 0 - 3 Arbroath - Third Division
Tuesday 8th August - Queen's Park 2 - 1 Hamilton - CIS Cup 1st Rd
Saturday 5th August - East Stirling 2 - 1 Elgin City - Third Division
Wednesday 9th August - Arbroath 0 - 1 Elgin City - CIS Cup 1st Round
LIKELY LINE UP
XI: David Crawford, Stuart Kettlewell, Mick Dunlop, Stephen Reilly, Richard Sinclair, Damiano Agostini, Stephen Canning, Tony Quinn, Frankie Carroll, David Weatherston, Mark Ferry
SUBS: Mark Cairns (gk), Shaun Molloy, Robert Dunn, Richard Bowers, Paul Ronald