A determined Queen's team today delivered the goods in what was at times some of the best flowing football seen at Palmerston in a long while. This week a more creative passing style of play was achieved with the two front men combining as if they had played together all season not just the twenty minutes or so last week. The result was a comprehensive 4-2 victory, however Queens as always managed to make the fans sweat it out as they let a 3-0 lead slip back to 3-2 before a last minute fourth eased the crowds nerves.
Queens lined up this week with this mornings new signing former Clydebank, Ayr United , St.Mirren and Stirling defender Ronnie McQuilter alongside Andy Aitken in the back line. On the bench was fellow new signing Stephen Skinner although Stephen was not to see any action on his first time in the squad.
A bright opening spell almost ended in a goal for Queens as Jon Sunderland broke down the wing, beating two men before putting in a short cross to Peter Weatherson who chested the ball back into the path of Jarrod Suddick who couldn't quite get properly behind the ball and saw his shot screw wide of the upright. Queens were playing some creative flowing football, no long balls this week, all built up from the back and channelled mainly down the wing through Paddy Atkinson wide left.
A goal was not long in coming however as Paddy Atkinson, the main instigator of the creative play on the park today broke down the left before firing in a diagonal ball that Peter Weatherson just couldn't make contact with but fortunately Warriors defender Pittman did and the ball cannoned in off the far post to make it a well deserved 1-0 to the Doonhamers.
Queens were pressing hard at this stage and only a last gasp goal line headed clearance prevented Phil Nixon from increasing the lead form a cross from a short corner.
Stenny were still posing a threat on the break and David Mathieson was not at his best as he showed some indecision, particularly when coming for a through ball on the edge of his box in the twenty fifth minute then checking back only to be left in no-mans land, fortunately the Warriors marksmen were unable to hit the unguarded target.
Three minutes later though and Queens were two up, Paddy Atkinson was yet again involved as he and Jarrod Suddick played a neat one two on the edge of the six yard box before squaring to Peter Weatherson who happily slotted the ball into the net with 'keeper Gow well beaten.
Stenny came back into the match towards the end of the half and in a strange free kick award managed to make David Mathieson save at full stretch.
It was almost three before half time as Peter Weatherson just failed to connect with a Paddy Atkinson cross, again set up by the industrious Jarrod Suddick.
Half time saw no changes to either formation or personnel, and Queens continued from where they had left off.
Within five minutes of the restart a Peter Weatherson effort screwed wildly up in the air and dipped down as if it was going to just creep inside the bar, however Gow had it covered and managed to push it over for a corner to the homesters, from this corner the ball eventually fell to Andy Aitken on the edge of the box and the big defender curled in a lovely shot which just whistled past the 'keepers post. Two minutes further on and Suddick takes a short free kick from 25 yards out which Weatherson drives through the wall but the ball was rising and the 'keeper made a solid diving save to hold the ball.