Managerially this week has seen one in and one out as Gus McPherson has joined Queen’s Park and Ross Jack had departed Elgin City. Normally as these are two sides down the bottom of the league you would think it made little or no difference to the way the championship is hotting up but the way this league has been going…
Match of the Day
Stirling Albion v Annan Athletic
The Binos lost 4-0 last week as Colin Cameron marked his arrival as Berwick boss whilst Annan also lost to Clyde at home by a single goal. What makes this an interesting game today is both are in danger of falling out of the play off contentions if they don’t find consistency – or at least that is what you think until the rest of the teams around them also start to falter. It is this unpredictability that makes this tie, for me the tie of the day. The Binos have no Chris Smith or Kieran McAnespie whilst Annan are without Ally Love, Iain Chisholm, Chris Jardine or David Hopkirk. Narrow home win for me.
Peterhead v Queen’s Park is a top v bottom tie for new manager Gus McPherson as his Spiders team recorded a 2-0 win last weekend against Elgin City. The league leaders also won – 3-2 – against Montrose. The Blue Toon have Andy Rodgers and Rory McAlister playing despite not being 100% fit. They don’t have Callum MacDonald, Dean Richardson or David Cox available. Queen’s Park only have Michael Keenan unavailable. It would be great for McPherson to see his side winning again but I think it may be some time before we see that happening and it won’t be today. Clyde v East Stirlingshire has the home side back winning again as they beat Annan last weekend whilst East Stirlingshire drew 1-1 with Albion Rovers. The Bully Wee have both Nik Rajovic and Jamie Barclay available again but no Kevin Watt or Ryan McBeth. Shire have no Nathan Shepherd, Kevin Turner or Callum Gallacher. For me another home win as top beats a fading side.
Albion Rovers v Berwick Rangers has the Wee Rovers off the back of their 1-1 draw with East Stirlingshire facing the Borderers who thumped Stirling Albion 4-0 last weekend. James Ward has Mark McGuigan signed but no Peter Innes or Pat Walker whilst Colin Cameron continues to be without Dougie Bryden and Stephen Tulloch but does have Scott Dalziel but doubts over Lewis Turner. I reckon Cameron may continue his run into week 2. Finally Elgin City v Montrose sees the home side under the temporary charge of Paul Kaczan and David Niven after their 2-0 loss last weekend to Queen’s Park and the loss of their manager, Ross Jack. Montrose lost 3-2 to Peterhead last weekend. Elgin have neither David Niven or Brian Cameron whilst Montrose only have doubts over Luke Johnston. Montrose’s performance last week was great but the result wasn’t and I expect that performance to continue to this week but they will pick up the points.