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Queen’s Park v Stirling – match preview

We are involved in a rare Friday night fixture tomorrow when we face Queen’s Park at Hampden, kick-off 7.30pm. Albion go into the game three points adrift of Clyde at the foot of the table after a run of eight defeats in 10 games while the Spiders are in fourth spot despite a five-match winless sequence in Division Three.

Team news We have something of an injury crisis and definitely out are Kieran McAnespie (calf), Danny Ashe (ankle), Jamie Clark (hamstring) and David McClune (groin). Ross McGeachie is doubtful, Daly McSorley is unlikely to make it and Gary Thom is suspended. A number of other players have been struggling with illness this week. Goalkeeper Sam Filler and player/manager Greig McDonald are back after bans and defender Jamie Bishop has signed on a one-month loan deal from Forfar. Queen’s Park are still without midfielder David Anderson. Defender Ricky Little is a doubt but keeper Neil Parry and defender James Brough return from suspension.

Gardner Speirs: “Stirling will be looking to prove they are in a false position and will battle for everything. We need to match that and impose our passing game.”

Greig McDonald: “There is no point in complaining – we will just get on with things and look to get our season kick-started with a win.”

Match facts We have picked up just one point on our travels this season, in a 2-2 draw at Peterhead, and are without an away league shut-out since January. Queen’s Park’s home record in Division Three reads one win, three draws and one defeat but they beat us 2-1 at Forthbank in August and came out on top 3-1 in the last Hampden meeting between the teams in March 2009.

Division Three last-five form Queen’s Park DLDLD Stirling Albion WLDLL

Last week Montrose 1-1 Queen’s Park, Stirling Albion 1-4 Elgin City

Admission £12 adults, £2 concessions

Referee Greg Aitken

Next meeting Saturday January 5 – Stirling Albion v Queen’s Park

Return to Hampden Tuesday April 2