On Saturday, as we were winning 5-0 against lacklustre Montrose at Hampden, Stenhousemuir had their game at the The Rock against Dumbarton called off due to adverse pitch conditions this means their last taste of action was against Elgin two weeks ago when they came from behind to win 3-2 on the Ochilview plastic.
Stenny's form has picked up since the introduction of Campbell Money as manager though inconstincency still haunts the Warriors, leading them to start this game in 7th place, though only 2 points separates Stennie from Queen's in 5th. They have also used this January window to bolster their squad with the signings of Brechin defender Craig McEwan, Cumnock aces John Dempster and Darren Henderson, Queen Of The South legend Andy Thomson and Partick Thistle favourite Scott McCulloch. While much maligned Dave Murie left to Brechin with Iain Diack heading to promotion rivals Berwick Rangers.
Queen's go into the game with no new signings but with plenty of injury news. Stephen Reilly and Shaun Molloy are both still nursing hamstring knocks while Billy Stark is not willing to risk Frankie Carroll on the plastic pitch. Mark Cairns (shoulder) is still out while Singstar champion Jonny Whelan and Damiano Agostini are again both available.
Queen's have met Stenny twice this season and we have yet to beat the Warriors. Queen's let in two late, late goals to lose 2-1 back in September at Ochilview and we shared the spoils on a dreech November day, drawing 1-1 at Hampden.
LIKELY LINE UP
XI: David Crawford, Paul Paton, Mick Dunlop, Steven Canning, Richard Sinclair, Alan Trouten, Stuart Kettlewell, Paul Cairney, Paul Ronald, David Weatherston, Mark Ferry
SUBS: Alex Cowie, Damiano Agostini, Robert Dunn, Richard Bowers, Tony Quinn