League Two wrap: Nathan Austin shines, Clyde maintain promotion push

first_imgRyan McGeever’s late goal boosted Queen’s Park play-off hopes as they snatched a 2-1 win over lowly Abroath.Queen’s Park should have gone ahead in the ninth minute when Gavin Mitchell excellently played Chris Duggan in but the forward could not make contact.They soon combined twice again but each time keeper Allan Fleming saved.The Spiders went ahead on 32 minutes when Duggan turned provider down the right, cutting back for Paul Woods to emphatically find the top corner with his 10th league goal of the campaign.David Galt almost doubled the lead before the break but his header hit the post and Duggan shot narrowly wide just after the interval.Those misses proved costly when unmarked Arbroath substitute Kane Hester nodded in at the back post from Josh Skelly’s cross.Soon after Sean Burns went near from close range for the Spiders, who got a deserved winner when McGeever headed home from Craig McLeish’s assist.Craig Gunn’s 20th League Two goal of the season was not enough to give high-flying Elgin victory as visiting Montrose earned a 1-1 draw.Both sides had wayward early chances before Montrose’s Adrian Mallagaray forced Mark Hurst into a parried save.Elgin immediately went up the other end and Gunn finished from Connor McLaren’s pass.The Borough Briggs side dominated the rest of the half but could not double their lead despite having several chances.Those misses proved costly as Montrose came back into the game after the break and Ross Campbell’s left-footed effort levelled.Darryl McHardy had a chance to win it for Elgin late on but Jordan Millar was equal to his shot.Clyde maintained their promotion push in Scottish League Two with an eventful 4-2 win over bottom side East Stirling.The basement dwellers made a lively start and were ahead after just three minutes as Ross Fisher set up Thomas Orr in the penalty box but the scores were level four minutes later when Jordan Cairnie headed into his own net.The visitors took the lead via another header five minutes before the break, this time as Scott McLaughlin headed home after being set up by Scott Linton.Sean Higgins fired low past Darren Dolan to make it 3-1 with 19 minutes remaining but East Stirling had a lifeline just three minutes later when David Marsh was dismissed for a challenge on Reece Donaldson.Kris Faulds had the home fans sensing a comeback when he netted with nine minutes to play to make it 3-2 but Higgins put the result beyond doubt after being set up by David Gormley in the last minute.Matt Flynn scored the only goal as Annan kept themselves well in the hunt for promotion from Scottish League Two and ended Berwick’s five-match unbeaten run.The visitors had the better of the early possession but it was Annan who came closest to scoring midway through the first half when Peter Weatherson’s free-kick was tipped onto the post by the faintest of touches from Kevin Walker.Berwick thought they had the lead late in the first half but Blair Henderson was adjudged to have been offside when he netted with an impressive lob.When a valid goal did come, it went to Annan as Flynn saw his sweet strike go in off the post with seven minutes remaining to seal victory. East Fife stayed top of League Two thanks to a 6-0 demolition of hosts Stirling.Substitute Nathan Austin, a doubt before the game, grabbed two goals after the break to go clear as the league’s leading scorer with 21.Ross Brown gave the Fifers an early lead, following up after Chris Smith brilliantly saved his initial shot.Kevin Smith doubled the advantage in the 16th minute, although his volley took a big deflection before looping in. The league leaders were looking comfortable and the third goal arrived when Kyle Wilkie played Austin through to slot past the keeper.Five minutes later Austin was at it again with a back-post header after great work from Kevin Smith.It was 5-0 when Stevie Campbell waltzed through the home defence to score late on.Ali Coote soon made it six from close range, finishing off from Kevin Smith’s cross.last_img read more