Queens shut out Rovers to en­sure they’re stay­ing up but cel­e­bra­tions kept to a min­i­mum

The Galloway News - - RUGBY - Stephen Temlett

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH ...0 RAITH ROVERS ..................0 Queen of the South got the job done at Palmer­ston on Satur­day.

Make no mis­take there were very few scenes of cel­e­bra­tion at the end of the game which brought down the cur­tain on a dif­fi­cult Cham­pi­onship cam­paign.

The squad had their oblig­a­tory pic­ture in front of the Lad­brokes play-off “win­ners” podium but they recog­nised the sit­u­a­tion and acted ac­cord­ingly.

A 3-1 first-leg vic­tory at Starks Park gave the South a bit of breathing space in the play-off fi­nal sec­ond leg — and they used that to their ad­van­tage.

They frus­trated Raith but had chances to kill off the tie. But it was job done and a big re­lief around Palmer­ston.

How­ever, this sea­son should serve as a stark warn­ing to the board at Palmer­ston that they can’t af­ford a re­peat of this next sea­son.

Un­less there is a big change then this will be­come the norm. The squad has some promis­ing play­ers but it needs some se­ri­ous work in terms of num­bers, with only Stephen Dob­bie con­tracted for next year.

In­juries hap­pen but it will al­ways be a strug­gle for a squad of 15 play­ers to get by.

The board is in a hard place; it can be hard to at­tract play­ers to the club and it has one of the small­est bud­gets in the league but ev­ery ef­fort has to be made to avoid this sce­nario again next year.

Dob­bie had a ca­reer-best cam­paign but with­out him it could have been a very dif­fer­ent outcome.

How­ever, it worked out

Fight to the fin­ish Doyle and Dug­gan com­pete while Dob­bie (be­low) hails the Palmer­ston fans

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