Queen's Park vs East Fife - Preview

Last updated : 22 September 2006 By Andyboy
Since that victory at Hampden, Queen's have recorded draws against Albion Rovers and Montrose and have tasted defeat at Berwick and Stenhousemuir in the Third Division and will be looking to send Dave Baikie's side home empty handed.

Spiders' recent form has seen them slump to 8th place in the league while East Fife top the table with 16 points from a possible 21, their last game was at home to Berwick Rangers on Saturday, veteran striker Paul Ritchie grabbing both goals in a 2-0 win. Their only league defeat so far this season was on 9th September, when they were beaten 1-0 by Montrose at Links Park.

Pre-season captures of experienced players such as Scott Crabbe, Ally Mitchell and Berwick goal hero Ritchie, raised pre-season expectations, after their poor 7th placed finish last season.

Last campaign, Queen's edged the head to head with the Fifers with 2 victories and a draw. The first meeting at Bayview in September, went EF's way, a Ross Clark og handing the hosts a 1-0 victory. Goals from Trouten and Murray handed Queen's a 2-0 win at Hampden in November and when they met at Methil, in February a 94th minute Stephen Reilly earned Spiders a 1-0 win.

Their last meeting in March, finished 1-1 at Hampden, the Queen's goal came from Ross Clark.

Queen's Park 1
(Ross Clark 50)
East Fife 1 (Gavin Beith 76)
March 25th 2006 - SFL Third Division - Hampden Park

David Crawford, Paul Paton, Mick Dunlop, Stephen Reilly, Richard Sinclair, Ross Clark, Bryan Felvus, Tony Quinn (Stuart Kettlewell), David Weatherston (Steven Canning), Paul Harvey (Jonny Whelan), Mark Ferry

Queen's will have to line up with a makeshift defensive line once more tomorrow as Richard Sinclair (calf), Stephen Reilly (groin) and Damiano Agostini (hamstring) all remain out. Frankie Carroll (knee) who also missed Wednesday nights 3-0 defeat is still out. Bonus though is that Tommy Murray is now fully fit after his run out against Well in midweek.

Mark Cairns, Paul Paton, Mick Dunlop, Tony Quinn, Jonny Whelan, Steven Canning, Stuart Kettlewell, Tommy Murray, Robert Dunn, David Weatherston, Mark Ferry

SUBS: David Crawford, Alan Trouten, Richard Bowers, Paul Ronald, Shaun Molloy