Feb 6 2013 By Andrew McNair
Annan Athletic were twice pegged back at Hampden as they missed out on their second away win of the season.
Jim Chapman’s men led twice against Queen’s Park at the national stadium but a late Jamie Longworth strike saved a point for the home side just seconds after Ally Love looked to have won it for the visitors.
It was Longworth’s second of the game as he single handidly rescued a 2-2 draw and a point for the Spiders.
Jim Chapman said of the result: “We showed great spirit – if my players are prepared to listen they will do well. Queen’s are the benchmark for us and we must try and stay with the sides above us and get into a play-off place.”
It was the second draw in a row for Annan against teams above them in the league and it could so easily have been six points from the two fixtures rather than just two.
On Saturday, the home side had the better of the early play at Hampden but it was Annan who took the lead thanks to new signing Martin McNiff – the Dumbarton loanee with a speculative 35-yard effort that beat Queen’s keeper Neil Parry.
The Spiders got back into the game after the break as Longworth notched his first goal of the game. The 25-year-old nodding a header home from close range.
But they failed to go and win the tie from there with Annan looking to have stolen the three points late in the day.
Sub Ally Love found space for a shot and it was deflected past the Queens keeper.
Before Jim Chapman had even had a chance to take his seat in the dugout again his side had thrown away two points.
Longworth, who scored 20 goals last season, fired low and hard to beat Alex Mitchell seconds after the restart to earn his side a vital point.
Annan team: Alex Mitchell, Jonathan Blake, Michael McGowan, Harry Monaghan, Steven Swindlehurst, Martin McNiff, Steven Sloan, Scott Chaplain, Michael Daly, David Hopkirk, Daniel Orsi. Subs - Lewis Hawke, Ally Love, Jordan McKechnie, David Murray, Craig Summersgill (GK).
Queen’s Park: Neil Parry, Paul Gallacher, Andy Robertson, Ricky Little, James Brough, Tony McParland, Aidan Connolly, David Anderson, Jamie Longworth, Michael Keenan, Sean Burns. Subs – Peter Bradley, Giuseppe Capuano, Tony Quinn, Lawrence Shankland, Scott Gibson, Blair Lochhead (gk).
Referee: Alan Newlands.