Evening Times

Rovers and Queen’s chase play-off spot

- By CHRIS JACK

ALBION ROVERS have done their fair share of travelling on league and cup duty this season and assistant manager Todd Lumsden is hoping their trip to Forfar will be a successful one.

Albion stormed out of the blocks at the start of the season and, despite falling back, they are still well within the hunt for a promotion shot.

They have just two away wins to their name so far this season but, if they can pick up their third this afternoon, they will leapfrog their hosts into fourth place in the Irn-Bru Third Division.

The sides drew 1-1 when they met at Cliftonhil­l earlier in the season and Lumsden is looking for all three points this time around.

“It was a game of two halves the last time we played them,” he said. “We dominated the first half and they came at us in the second. I am sure it will be a tight game once again.

“Hopefully we can pick something up, a point or even all three and get us back on track and into the play-off places.”

Elsewhere, Queen’s Park travel to Annan Athletic in the knowledge that a win could leave them just one place from the play-off positions.

The Spiders have had a mixed start to the season and, despite having to battle an injury crisis at Hampden, manager Gardner Speirs wants his side to approach the game with confidence.

“That is a big incentive for us today, getting closer to the top four,” he said.

“But we know it will be difficult against Annan.

“They beat us in the Challenge Cup before the league campaign started and I am sure Annan will be looking to improve their league position as well.

“It will be a difficult game but we know that if we play as well as we can then we can go there with confidence.”

Speirs is still without long-term absentees Alex Cowie, Ian Watt , Pau l Harkins and Martin Ure for the trip to Galabank.

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