Due to the Scottish Cup replays we are down to two league matches and a further two cup replays involving League Two teams. It’s one of the tightest leagues in years and apart from East Stirlingshire’s run away success at the top of the league coupled with Queen’s Park’s disastrous start to the season, the rest are all bunched up looking to separate and get away from the rest.
MATCH OF THE DAY
BERWICK RANGERS V ELGIN CITY
Berwick came through the Cup last weekend by putting out fellow League two team, Peterhead. This weekend they have on loan Hibs goalkeeper Paul Grant available as well as Lee Currie; Owen Ronald and Dougie Brown is out. Elgin got through too after beating fellow Highland team Keith 4-0 away from home. They have David Niven back but are without Mark Nicolson, Ross McKinnon and Paul Millar. Tough one to call as both need the win but ultimately I think that home advantage may win this tie for the Borderers.
It leaves Peterhead v Clyde with the Blue Toon having lost last weekend in the Cup to Berwick and Clyde coming through against Gala Fairydean. Peterhead have certainly woken up in the league though will be without Callum MacDonald, Ryan Strachan, Scott Ross and Dean Cowie and have doubts over Bryan Gilfillan, David Cox and Graeme Sharp. Clyde have doubts over John Sweeney, no Ryan MacBeth but could welcome back Giuseppe Capuano. I truly feel that now Peterhead are awake they can climb the league and be there or thereabouts come May so, even with that horrendous injury list I think they might do it today.
Scottish Cup replays
It is a day in which Gardner Speirs will be hoping there is a turn in the fortunes of Queen’s Park. They have a very tricky visit to Preston Athletic and it is one with which I think they might struggle. The tie going either way would not surprise me whilst Stirling Albion going to Whitehill Welfare should be straightforward. The cost of such a trip will not be lost on Grieg MacDonald and his team so they will want to do the business and get on with the rest of the season; they have the team to do it.