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SPFL League Two preview – Saturday 8th February 2014

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There are 4 fixtures on the card that has suffered from some of them still being in the Scottish Cup. It will hopefully be more exciting than last week when the number of draws made any realistic attempt at closing the gap on league leaders Peterhead fruitless.

Match of the Day

Stirling Albion v Peterhead

The league leaders travel to Stirling hoping to make up for the game last week being abandoned. The Binos drew at Montrose and didn’t score. Stirling are without Kieran McAnespie, Chris Smith and David McClune whilst David Weatherson is doubtful and new boy Darren Smith is tipped to start. The Blue Toon have no Dean Cowie, Callum MacDonald, Dean Richardson or David Cox. This should be tight and exciting but I really think Peterhead are on the championship winning trail this year and reckon they could win.

Annan Athletic v Montrose has Annan hoping for less wind than last week and Montrose wishing they can hit the target after their goalless draw with Stirling Albion. The home side have no Peter Watson, Peter Weatherson, David Hopkirk, Ally Love or Kenny McKay whilst Montrose are without Terry Masson or Luke Johnston. It’s a significant injury list for Jim Chapman in any squad at this level and I think it gives Montrose the edge. East Stirlingshire v Elgin City has John Coughlin and new boss, Barry Wilson hoping for 3 points after East Stirlingshire had the other goalless draw with Queen’s Park and Elgin drew 1-1 with Albion Rovers. The Shire are without Ross O’Donoghue or Kevin Turner but welcome back Nathan Shepherd. Elgin have no Brian Cameron, doubts over David Niven but Mark Nicolson available. This should be a home victory but Elgin have got some boost from a new manager and shall make it difficult. Finally Berwick Rangers v Queen’s Park has the Borderers on a fine run of form and their 3-3 draw last weekend against Clyde showed they can score whilst the Spiders drew 0-0 with East Stirlingshire. The Borderers have no Steven Notman, Michael Dunlop, Dougie Bryden, Ross Gray or Andy Russell but Stephen Tulloch is back. The Spiders have a full squad from which to pick. Now in my entire time writing these columns for Scotzine and under Gardner Speirs I don’t think I have EVER written that Queen’s Park have had a full squad available. It is either a measure of how scary Gus McPherson is or that he has a damn good work ethic in the dressing room and people want to play. With that and a better defensive display I reckon Queen’s will start picking up points and there may well be 3 on offer for them today.

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