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Queen’s Park v Stirling preview

Queen’s Park v Stirling preview

Stirling Albion are at Hampden on Tuesday, kick-off 7.30pm, in a match delayed due to the Communities League Cup final on March 17. A win would move us to within five points of the play-offs but we have yet to earn even a point against Queen’s Park this season and Gardner Speirs’ side are looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Elgin.

Team news: Jamie Bishop is again suspended and fellow defender Brian Allison picked up a knee injury against Berwick on Saturday. Jamie Clark has joined Bo’ness United on loan but Ross Forsyth could return from injury. Queen’s Park welcome back Michael Keenan and Ricky Little after bans.

Past meetings: Queen’s Park have won all three meetings this season, including a 2-1 win at Hampden on a Friday night in November when we were unlucky to lose to a last-minute penalty. The Spiders prevailed 2-1 and 3-2 at Forthbank. Our last win at Hampden was 4-1 in February 2004.

Match facts: We have lost only one of our last 11 matches – 1-0 away to Berwick – and have kept clean sheets in our last two outings. Our only away win to date was 2-1 at Elgin on March 2. Queen’s Park have won only four times at Hampden but are second in the table thanks to an impressive 10 victories on their travels.

Gardner Speirs: “To pick up the points we have to have more of a cutting edge than we showed against Elgin.”

Greig McDonald: “Winning this game and winning at Montrose on Saturday would make us realistic play-off contenders, but it is not as easy as that.”

Last five form: Queen’s Park LWWLL Stirling Albion WLWDW

Referee: David Somers

Admission: Adults £12, Concessions £2

Weather: Dry and bright at kick-off. Probably freezing by full-time!

Other Division Three game: Elgin City v Clyde

Next match: Montrose v Stirling Albion – Saturday April 6