Martin the hero in ter­ri­ble con­di­tions

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL - Kenny Mac­Don­ald

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Queens racked up their fifth league game in a row un­beaten in ap­palling con­di­tions.

The play­ers bravely bat­tled the freez­ing rain and wind which saw just 74 Dun­fermline fans head down the M74 for the en­counter af­ter am­ber weather warn­ings forced sup­porter buses to be can­celled from the king­dom of Fife for safety rea­sons.

Pars dom­i­nated for most of the match and Doon­hamers keeper Alan Martin scooped the spon­sors’ man of the match award plus the Stan­dard’s nom­i­na­tion too.

But, iron­i­cally, Queens came clos­est to scor­ing in the open­ing spar­ring when Pars keeper Lee Robin­son raced out of goal, mis-cued his at­tempted clear­ance and the ball spun to­wards Adam Frizzell in mid­field. He cracked a first time ef­fort into the air but the ball sailed a few yards past the un­guarded goal as Robin­son scam­pered back.

Three min­utes later Pars skip­per Lee Ashcroft went down un­der a chal­lenge from Gary Harkins. He yelled for a penalty but ref­eree Steven Kirk­land ig­nored his claim.

Queens keeper Martin pulled off a fine save in 15 min­utes to flip the ball over from Joe Thom­son’s fierce, ris­ing shot from the edge of the box.

Then Pars carved out a de­cent chance when Faissal El Bakhtouai whipped a glo­ri­ous, an­gled shot across the face of goal and only inches be­yond the left post just be­fore the half hour.

Next up for the Fifers was Kal­lum Hig­gin­botham who drove in an an­gled shot which Martin did well to smother at his near post.

Queens replied with a move en­gi­neered by Gary Harkins on the far side with an invit­ing free kick which picked out Cal­lum Sem­ple a minute be­fore the in­ter­val but his neat, glanc­ing header slipped past the target.

For­mer Queens keeper Robin­son came out for the se­cond half with a woolly jumper and wa­ter­proof un­der his top while also wear­ing a snoody on his head to com­bat the con­di­tions.

Queens man­u­fac­tured the first chance but Lyn­don Dykes rammed his shot wide in 50 min­utes.

How­ever, Pars main­tained their dom­i­na­tion and Aidan Keena had a cou­ple of op­por­tu­ni­ties with Martin do­ing well to turn a near post shot around for a cor­ner then crack­ing a piledriver nar­rowly wide of the right up­right.

Robin­son was vir­tu­ally re­dun­dant for most of the se­cond pe­riod and spent most of his time run­ning up and down in­side his penalty area and be­yond just to beat the bit­ing wind and rain.

Mean­while, his glove ri­val Martin and Jor­dan Mar­shall earned glow­ing praise from man­ager Gary Naym­sith as the best Queens play­ers and he also dished out credit to Michael Doyle who was shoved into mid­field.

But Nay­smith, who metic­u­lously stud­ies footage of their games, ad­mit­ted this was one to for­get and in­sisted he would blank the record­ing.

Marked man Josh Todd is tracked by his Dun­fermline op­po­nent in the pour­ing rain

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