Spi­ders pre­pare for visit of For­far

Re­venge match for 2010 cup de­feat

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drive Time Extra - John Gorrod

Queen’s Park will host For­far Ath­letic in the first round of the League Cup on Au­gust 1.

When the sides last met, in Au­gust 2010, For­far emerged as 3-2 vic­tors af­ter ex­tra-time in the Chal­lenge Cup sec­ond round.

The Loons play a di­vi­sion above Queen’s Park and last sea­son fell to an ag­o­nis­ing 4-3 play-off fi­nal de­feat against Al­loa.

And For­far boss Dick Camp­bell re­cently said that this sea­son’s out­fit is stronger than the one which nar­rowly missed out on pro­mo­tion.

The Spi­ders failed to make it past the first round of the League Cup last time out as Kris Boyd net­ted twice in a 2-1 win for Rangers.

Man­ager Gus MacPher­son said: “It’s nice to be at home. They play in the league above, had an ex­cel­lent sea­son last year and will prob­a­bly look at us and think that they could have had a harder draw.

“They have a lot of ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers and prob­a­bly the most ex­pe­ri­enced man­ager in Scot­tish football.”

He con­tin­ued: “They will look for­ward to play­ing at Ham­p­den. Any group of play­ers, even from a higher level, look for­ward to play­ing at Ham­p­den. It is an arena.”

Queen’s Park kicked off pre-sea­son with a 5-0 loss to Falkirk – although they fielded two dif­fer­ent sides and sev­eral of the play­ers were tri­al­ists.

The Bairns, play­ing their first match since los­ing the Scot­tish Cup fi­nal to In­ver­ness Cale­do­nian This­tle, ran out com­fort­able win­ners af­ter scor­ing twice in the first half and adding three goals, one from the penalty spot, in the sec­ond.

Gus said: “It is just a fit­ness el­e­ment at this stage; we put two teams to­gether. It was prob­a­bly a bit early to play a team of that qual­ity. We have more games com­ing up in the next week and we are as­sess­ing the play­ers.”

The Spi­ders were due to play Partick last night, af­ter the Re­former went to print, and will face East Kil­bride on Thurs­day.

Gus is pleased at his team’s pre-sea­son prepa­ra­tions so far. He said: “We will look to add another two or three play­ers. The fit­ness lev­els are very good, although we have been a bit dis­rupted with hol­i­days.

“We have four or five play­ers away but a lot of clubs at this level have that.”

For the latest Queen’s Park news visit the club’s of­fi­cial web­site on www. queensparkfc.co.uk

Home draw Gus MacPher­son is look­ing for­ward to a home tie against For­far in the League Cup

Past bat­tle Queen’s Park and For­far last played each other in 2010

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