From the Sunday Mail RYAN McGUFFIE helped Queens open up a six-point gap at the top of the table – then warned his side the hard work starts now.
McGuffie was influential as Nicky Clark, Chris Higgins and Mark Durnan ensured Steven Doris’ penalty double was little more than a consolation.
And with the Dumfries side six points ahead of Alloa and 14 in front of Arbroath, they’re looking solid bets to claim the championship.
But McGuffie said: “There are still something like 60 points to play for so we can’t get complacent.
“But there are enough guys in our dressing-room with experience to stay focused and keep winning.
“It would be nice to go into the New Year top but there will be a lot of hard work to be done if we want to win it.”
Arbroath went into this game on a revenge mission, having been twice left heartbroken by Queens this season.
First was a 6-0 rout at Palmerston, then the extra-time Ramsdens Cup semi-final loss.
But while Arbroath were clearly up for this clash, the class, experience and extra spring that comes from full-time training quickly told. Queens were first to have a go, striker Gavin Reilly firing in a low strike that was well blocked by keeper Scott Morrison.
At the other end Darren Gribben’s deflected 25-yard strike spun over and Paul Currie’s 15-yard strike was saved by Queens keeper Lee Robinson.
Despite Arbroath pressure, the home team took a grip of the game in 20 minutes. Morrison failed to hold an 18-yard strike from Clark who reacted quickest to prod home from six yards.
Higgins added No.2 in eight minutes later with a 25-yard rasper.
Arbroath were handed a lifeline on the stroke of half-time with a penalty for Chris Mitchell’s trip on Paul Currie before Doris coolly blasted in.
But Allan Johnston’s men restored their advantage on the hour through defender Durnan.
Arbroath were done and Doris’ last-minute penalty after McGuffie handled a Paul Sheerin shot was too little, too late for the Angus side.
Gayfield boss Paul Sheerin said: “I’m disappointed. We competed and wanted it but as soon as it went to 3-1 there was an acceptance we’d lose.
“There’s no doubting Queens have class and are unbeaten for a reason but we should’ve done much better.”
Source: Lichties Mad