Last weekend there were only 3 games in the Third and the 2 that didn’t get run out arrive this weekend. Then, the seismic result was of course at Forthbank where the Binos managed o climb off the bottom after beating Rangers 1-0. Their place at the bottom was taken by East Stirlingshire who were well beaten 3-1 away to Montrose. Up top Queens Park got 4 goals away to Elgin City to put them ahead on goal difference. Peterhead’s win against Berwick Rangers keeps them intriguingly just behind.
Game of the Day
Queens Park v Annan Athletic
The team at the top of the table host a team looking to build on their 2-1 win at home to Peterhead two weeks ago. Harry Cairney’s side managed to lose against Buckie Thistle last weekend in their Scottish Cup replay and before the Peterhead game they got a 0-0 draw at home to Rangers. Roller coaster might not even cover it for the Galabank faithful! Graeme Ramage and Martin Bavidge got their goals against Peterhead whilst Scott Chaplain got their goal in their shock Scottish Cup game last weekend. The roll call for Queens Park a fortnight ago was Lawrence Shankland, Anthony Quinn and two from Jamie Longworth. Sitting top they are looking good to stay there.
Andrew Robertson, Giuseppe Capuano, Allan Urquhurt
Jack Steele, Graeme Bell
David Hopkirk (On loan from Queen of the South)
It is of course always hard to see beyond the league leaders, particularly after such an overwhelming victory last time out. I believe that it will be a very tricky tie for the Spiders. For me I can see Harry Cairney’s men using their run out last weekend as an opportunity to keep them motoring and a quick start from them could catch Queens Park cold. This could go so many ways… but I do favour the hosts.
Elgin City v Montrose
A 4-0 loss to Queens Park a fortnight ago needs to be avenged for Ross Jack’s side. Elgin were hardly mentioned in reports about the game so a performance for their fans would be expected as the minimum response. Montrose last had a 4-1 defeat at Ibrox a fortnight ago and their only goal was even scored by Rangers! An own goal by Anestis Argyriou was an equaliser in the first half but it was all Rangers and very little Montrose thereafter. Last weekend they got their game back on as they beat East Stirlingshire 3-1 at home. Goals from Leighton McIntosh, a David Gray penalty and one from Terry Masson got all their goals in the first half.
Alan Campbell, Paul Watson
Montrose are chasing their first away win of the season and are meeting an Elgin side looking for an opportunity to make amends. I would imagine that the home side will run them close but Montrose should have enough in their locker room to get the win they need.