New territory for the Doonhamers
Queens head south for quarter-final
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