Spi­ders play blan­kety blank with El­gin City

Draw keeps them in pro­mo­tion hunt

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

El­gin City ................. 0 Queen’s Park ........... 0

Queen’s Park main­tained their un­beaten run af­ter they were held to a 0-0 draw by El­gin City in a game that pro­vided few chances for ei­ther side.

The Spi­ders trav­elled to Bor­ough Briggs know­ing it would be a hard task to re­trieve three points against the team boast­ing the best home record in the di­vi­sion.

Boss Gus MacPher­son made two changes from the side whic won at home to Ar­broath in the pre­vi­ous game. Bryan Whar­ton and David Galt re­placed Joe Bradley and the in­jured Scott Gib­son.

As the first quar­ter of an hour came and went, Queen’s threat­ened.

The off­side flag halted a promis­ing run by Dug­gan be­fore their best mo­ment of the half af­ter 22 min­utes.

Whar­ton pinged a trade­mark di­ag­o­nal pass to Galt and he turned on the af­ter­burn­ers to leave Cooper in his wake.

David then cut along the by­line but couldn’t pick out a team mate and the ball was belted clear.

Both sides had largely can­celled each other out in the first pe­riod, and the sec­ond-half saw more of the same.

Queen’s sur­vived a real nasty mo­ment as the clock reached the half­way point in the sec­ond 45. A free kick was swung into the box where McHardy was wait­ing to glance a header into the net.

But as he ran off to cel­e­brate, the li­nes­man’s flag was raised and the ef­fort was chalked off for off­side.

The home team al­most snatched vic­tory with five min­utes left when an­other ball was swung in from the right. But as McGeever chal­lenged Gunn, the ball flew off his head and glanced the out­side of the post be­fore go­ing to safety.

Spi­ders boss Gus MacPher­son was rel­a­tively sat­is­fied with the end re­sult and said: “El­gin had dropped only two points at home so with the fact we had one or two in­juries we’ll take it.

“We lost a few of our first nine or ten games so to come from that po­si­tion and then go on such a good run like we have, I’ve got to be happy with that.”

Next week sees the cur­tain fall on the 2015 fix­tures when Ber­wick Rangers

El­gin had only dropped two points at home so with the fact we had in­juries, we’ll take it

No goals David Galt came close to scor­ing in the first half

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