With the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup last weekend there were a lot of League Two sides involved in that competition but don’t mention it round Jim McInally! Peterhead’s free weekend and defeat midweek to Annan Athletic will hardly have helped his mood. Annan climbed to 2nd whilst Peterhead had goal different issues that saw them fall to 7th. It means 7 points now separate 1st with 9th and it is beginning to stretch out but it is only a little.
Match of the Day
East Stirlingshire v Stirling Albion
The league leaders went out the cup last weekend to Raith Rovers on the Sunday whilst the Binos got past Turriff United 3-0. The return to league action for both sees the leaders wanting to get back to winning ways and the visitors looking for that momentum to carry. I think the momentum may just carry and the league will get even tighter!
Elgin City v Peterhead has an away side desperate for a victory to get back on track with everything. Elgin lost 5-3 last weekend to Dunfermline so Ross Jack will want the points for the league to make up. Jim McInally really needs results or the Blue Toon will start to struggle so will be determined to come back from their Highland neighbours with a win. It’s a tricky ask and I think they might have a real fight on their hands. Albion Rovers v Annan Athletic has 2nd placed Annan who beat Peterhead during the week and managed a 2-2 draw with Stenhousemuir in the cup full of confidence. Home side Rovers won a cup game for the first time in a long time as they disposed of Deveronvale at home 1-0. Once again this is a tricky tie for the away side as Jim Chapman’s team have found a wee bit of form and could do with the points to cement 2nd place. The Coatbridge side will be confident after their win but the boost for Annan which sees them in a replay may be enough of a fillip to get all 3 points.
Queen’s Park v Clyde has the Spiders back on league duty after a cup defeat. They went down 3-2 at Somerset Park whilst Clyde managed to see of Brora Rangers 2-1. It’s Gardner Speirs looking for a league win to get back into the mix whilst Jim Duffy has had a decent start to the season that could prove the best year for some time for the Bully Wee. It is that form that should see them through this tie victorious.
SCOTTISH CUP REPLAY
Berwick Rangers v Culter is a game that the home side will be expected to win at the 2nd time of asking. The fact that the Borderers didn’t manage to finish it off the first time round is disappointing but they ought to manage it today.