Spi­ders trou­bled by Red Lichties de­fence

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motoring Guide - Mur­ray Spooner

Queen’s Park failed to un­lock a stub­born Ar­broath de­fence as they re­main rooted to the bot­tom of the Lad­brokes League One.

For­mer Scot­land and Celtic keeper Rab Dou­glas en­joyed a clean sheet when he was drafted in for his de­but over a year af­ter sign­ing with The Lichties.

And his job was made easier when Gavin Swankie and Colin Hamil­ton hit the back of the net, which moved the vis­i­tors into the play-off places while Queen’s dropped four points be­hind For­far at the bot­tom.

Ham­p­den boss Gus MacPher­son said:“We con­ceded very cheap goals.

“We got the ball into good ar­eas but we just couldn’t un­lock them. “The sec­ond goal de­flated them. “We lost the sec­ond goal through com­mu­ni­ca­tion, which has been an is­sue for a wee while.

“It’s the de­ci­sion mak­ing as well which is the crit­i­cal thing for us.”

MacPher­son’s stretched re­sources suf­fered fur­ther hits as Ciaran Sum­mers, one of Queen’s most con­sis­tent play­ers this sea­son, came off in­jured af­ter a shock­ing tackle by Jamie Hamill at Stran­raer.

There was no sur­prise when he failed to make Satur­day’s squad to face Ar­broath.

Keeper Wil­lie Muir was out with a knee in­jury and re­placed by Michael White.

David Galt had also picked up a knock and did not fig­ure, mak­ing it a busy Ham­p­den treat­ment room with Ewan MacPher­son, Michael Bai­ley and Kevin Green hav­ing al­ready taken up tem­po­rary res­i­dence there.

Ar­broath took the lead in 19 min­utes when Danny Denholm found Swankie in the box and he curled a fine strike into the far corner.

Nine min­utes into the sec­ond half the Lichties dou­bled their lead. Bobby Linn swung in a corner from the left and, al­though Scott Martin’s ef­fort was saved, Hamil­ton ham­mered home the re­bound from close range.

Spi­ders had their chances though, with Adam Cum­mins and Luke Don­nelly fail­ing to trouble Dou­glas from good po­si­tions.

Queen’s are still chas­ing their first home league win af­ter six games at Ham­p­den and Dun­fermline will hope for good for­tune when they ar­rive at the na­tional sta­dium for a Scot­tish Cup sec­ond round clash on Satur­day, 3pm.

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