Queen's Park stranded overnight

QUEEN'S PARK'S players and staff are recovering after being stranded overnight in the middle of the Highlands.

The Third Division side travelled north on Tuesday to face Elgin City and chalked up an important 1-0 victory in their bid to qualify for the end-of-season play-offs. However, they were forced to endure the journey from hell on their way back to Glasgow.

Their team bus got stuck on the A9 during their return journey south because of the atrocious weather conditions which saw huge snow drifts and strong winds. And, at the Drumochter pass, they were advised by police they could go no further.

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That meant the Queen's Park players and staff had to spend the night on their team bus for seven hours until they could travel onwards to Newtonmore to get food and supplies.

Queen's Park committee member and past president Kenny Harvey said: "It's fair to say this journey has been a nightmare.

"We were on our way south when we got stuck at Drumochter at 12.30 and we were unable to go any further on police advice. We couldn't go anywhere. We just had to bed down for the night and try and get some sleep and rest. It wasn't ideal.

"We didn't get moving again until 7.30am and we went into Newtonmore to get some breakfast. The weather conditions were simply horrendous.

"It's far from ideal because obviously we are an amateur club and most of the guys are going to have to take an unscheduled day off work because of what happened. It could have been worse though – at least we didn't lose at Elgin."

Queen's won the match thanks to a Paul Stewart goal and moved up to fourth place as a result.