By Euan Wood

Queen’s Park extended their lead at the top of League Two after a 3-1 win over Stenhousemuir at Ochilview, doing so without key man in recent weeks, Celtic loanee Luca Connell.

The Irish youth international missed out with a knock, having won multiple Man of the Match awards since arriving from Celtic. But Simon Murray, Bob McHugh and Louis Longridge goals sealed Queen’s Park success to move them 12 points clear at the top of the table.

The Celtic loanee was missing but the likes of McHugh stepped up.

The Celtic loanee was missing but the likes of McHugh stepped up. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Spiders would open the scoring after five minutes with a well-worked corner that found Murray at the edge of the box. The former Hibs talisman would make no mistake as he fired his strike past the keeper despite Stenhousemuir’s adamant claims his shot was deflected by the offside McHugh.

Queen’s would double their lead on the half-hour mark. Longridge whipped corner from the right-hand side found former Motherwell frontman McHugh, who guided his volley past the keeper.  

Seconds into the second half, Queen’s Park captain Peter Grant was given his marching orders after his second bookable offence. The experienced centre-back hauled down Callum Tapping which left referee Chris Graham with no alternative.  A minute later, Queen’s would add a third.

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Back in front. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Stenhousemuir backline continued to struggle with the pressure of Quitongo. The winger danced his way past a series of poor challenges before playing through to Longridge, who slotted his strike under the keeper to put the away side 3-0 up.

Stenhousemuir would add a consolation from the penalty spot with 20 minutes to spare. Lee Kilday fouled Tommy Muir in the box and the striker fired his penalty past William Muir into the bottom left corner.  The home side would offer up a late fightback but would be unable to overturn the damage done in the first half. Here are three things we learned.

Six straight wins

The Spiders extend their lead at the top of the table to 12 points after defeating Stenhousemuir 3-1 in a commanding performance. Ray McKinnon’s side have now achieved six wins in their last six, scoring 15 times whilst conceding only 1 from the penalty spot. The Glasgow side are in prime position for a League Two title win this season. 

Connell missing 

While a good victory was had at Ochilview, Queen’s Park will hope for the swift return of Connell from injury. The Celtic loanee has been immense since arriving at the Spiders and could be a big player as his adopted club march towards the title.

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The Celtic loanee was missing. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Encouraging Warriors fightback

Despite succumbing to a 3-1 defeat, there were several encouraging signs for the hosts who offered up a spirited response, creating several goalscoring opportunities. The home side may feel aggrieved to have lost in the manner in which they did.

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