It might have been a washout of a summer, but there’s one big plus as the days shorten and the nights get longer … football’s back.
Nights like Tuesday – when the Spiders saw off Championship high-fliers Dumbarton – remind us why we traipse round the country following this great wee club. Days like Saturday reinforce that belief for any doubters in the camp.
Trips to Gayfield are never easy at the best of times, but to go up there on the back of a hard-fought 120-minute cup tie in midweek was a big ask.
And if it looked good before the start, the picture got even rosier within the first few minutes. Our first attack saw Sean Burns romp upfield and play a neat wee ball into Chris Duggan who played an even neater ball into the path of Paul Woods, who took a touch before stroking the ball into the net through the legs of the onrushing keeper Fleming.
Talk about perfect starts … it doesn’t get much better than that; Queen’s 1-0 up with just three minutes played.
Duggan had a chance to extend the lead on 32 minutes, but his curling effort was blocked.
After the half-time break, the Spiders repeated the trick. And if the first goal was a belter, this one topped it.
Vinnie Berry did what he does best to nick the ball as Arbroath tried to go forward. Bradley and Duggan then got the ball to Burns who drove down the flank and then started to cut inside. He ignored pleas to pass and belted the ball into the roof of the net from a tight angle.
Late on Arbroath countered through ex-Queen’s Park man Joao Vitoria, but the Spiders hung on.