New ter­ri­tory for the Doon­hamers

Queens head south for quar­ter-fi­nal

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE BACK PAGE - Stephen Tem­lett

Gary Naysmith is look­ing for­ward to us­ing this week­end’s trip as a bond­ing ses­sion for his squad.

This week­end the Doon­hamers will be trav­el­ling 200 miles to Oswestry to play Welsh side The New Saints in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the Irn Bru Cup.

The boss is used to long away days from his time with Premier­ship side Ever­ton and is ex­cited to hit the road with the team on Satur­day.

Gary said: “I’m look­ing for­ward to the week­end. It will be like those away days from when I was a player where we’ll have four or five hours on the bus to­gether.

“It’s good for the ca­ma­raderie and the boys can watch the scores com­ing in and it’ll keep them in­ter­ested.

“It’ll be a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment on the Satur­day but we know we’ve got a job on our hands on Sun­day.”

While a home draw would have been ideal ev­ery­body has taken the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the trip and make it a week­end to re­mem­ber.

Naysmith said: “We’re look­ing for­ward to this week­end.

“There’s a fresh­ness about it, we don’t know a lot about them, they don’t know a lot about us and it’s some­thing new for us as a group.

“It’s some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent and I know it can be ex­pen­sive to travel but hope­fully we go down in good num­bers.

“For the fans it of­fers some­thing dif­fer­ent and the more fans the bet­ter for us. The last few re­sults have been good which might give us a wee boost.”

That run of re­sults, an un­beaten sixgame run, has taken Queens to two points from the top of the ta­ble.

Satur­day was a gutsy come-frombe­hind vic­tory away to Mor­ton.

Gary said: “Satur­day’s re­sult shows we’ve got re­silience in the group.

“Ja­son Kerr clipped Bob McHugh’s heels but we dug in and weath­ered the storm.

“It’s quite sur­pris­ing be­cause we’ve won three in a row but we’re not in the top four but it shows you how tight the league is.

“But we won’t get too hung up on that as we’ve done well in the first three games of the sec­ond quar­ter.”

For more on the big match, see page 62

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