Stirling Albion head for Hampden on Saturday to face a Queen’s Park side who were the last team to beat us at the end of September. Our 3-1 win over Arbroath last weekend moved Stuart McLaren’s men to within two points of the play-offs and extended our unbeaten run to seven matches – five of them in Ladbrokes League 2 and two in the Scottish Cup.
Team news: Goalkeeper Chris Smith is suspended after being sent off against Arbroath and defender Ross McMillan and winger Phil Johnston remain on the sidelines. Striker Craig Beattie could return after three months out with a hamstring injury, having scored for the U20 side in Tuesday’s 3-2 win at Forfar.
Opponents: Queen’s Park were beaten 2-1 by Peterhead in the Petrofac Training Cup semi-final at Hampden last weekend but followed it up by thrashing Montrose 6-1 at Links Park on Tuesday to move one point ahead of us in the table. Gus MacPherson’s men have won two, drawn one and lost three of their six home league games.
Past meetings: Queen’s Park won 2-1 at Forthbank on September 26. Steven Doris cancelled out John Carter’s opener but teenage full-back Anthony Ralston, on loan from Celtic, scored the winner. Our most recent visit to Hampden was in August 2013 when substitutes Sandy Cunningham and Mark Ferry scored late on in a 2-0 win. Our last away fixture against the Spiders was at the Excelsior Stadium in January 2014 when Ferry’s early goal settled a terrible game in our favour.
Referee: Gavin Duncan
Admission: £12 adults, £2 concessions
Weather: Dry but very cold. Remember your hat!
Twitter: Updates will be available @Stirling_Albion
Distance: It’s a journey of around 30 miles from Stirling to Hampden
Next meeting: Stirling Albion v Queen’s Park – 23/01/16
Our next game: Stirling Albion v Cumbernauld Colts – 28/11/15 – Scottish Cup R3