There was also a familiar face in the Alloa line up, ex Spiders favourite Ross Clark took to the field at right back for Allan Maitland's side. Alloa started the match on top of their opponents and both early substitute Chris Mackie and former Hamilton ace Scott Agnew had chances to open the scoring before Queen's got out of their own box as we were being pinned back early on.
We eventually got into the game and started stroking the ball around as is expected of a Queen's Park side and after 26 minutes we grabbed the lead. A throw in by Paul Paton was given to Alan Trouten who delivered a cross into the six yard box, and under pressure from Paul Ronald, Alloa keeper Allan Creer fumbled the cross and prolific forward Stephen Canning rammed the ball home from six yards.
Queen's got a second after 40 minutes, in controversial circumstances. Paul Ronald ran onto Mark Ferry's backheeled flick but seemed to run the ball out of the park, he continued on however and played in Stephen Canning whose deft flick to the back post was headed home by the prowling Alan Trouten, who turned down a move to Alloa in the summer.
The second half saw Alloa control possesion and they got one back after 65 minutes when Chris Mackie nutmegged Sinclair and chipped the ball over Cairns. This gave Athletic hope and they piled forward but they created a minimal number of chances with only Mackie really coming close with a 20 yard drive well held by Cairns.
So, a good result for Queen's which opens up another crack at the big guns when the draw is made on Thursday morning.
QUEEN'S PARK: Mark Cairns, Paul Paton, Mick Dunlop, Richard Sinclair, Damiano Agostini, Alan Trouten, Stuart Kettlewell (Tony Quinn), Paul Cairney, Paul Ronald (Stuart McGrady), Stephen Canning, Mark Ferry
SUBS NOT USED: Richard Bowers, Shaun Molloy, Alex Cowie
GOALSCORERS: Stephen Canning (26), Alan Trouten (40)
BOOKED: Mick Dunlop
REFEREE: John McKendrick
MAN OF THE MATCH: Stuart Kettlewell