Busy schedule forces high-flying Edinburgh City reshuffle

Gary Jardine. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
Gary Jardine. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
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Edinburgh City boss Gary Jardine admitted he’ll need to shuffle the pack when his side take on Stirling University tomorrow.

With a high volume of games over a short space of time so far this season, Jardine is keen to utilise his squad to keep his players fresh.

“There’s no doubt we’ll do that,” he said. “We changed three from Saturday for Wednesday’s game and that may have been a factor in taking us a while to get going in terms of continuity but we’ll have to do that again.”

Jardine expects a stern test away to the University side, who have a new manager in place having appointed Shelley Kerr.

He said: “I think it adds an extra dimension. Stirling have finished in the top two the last four years. We’ve taken the season in two blocks – the first four games were three league games and a cup game and now we’ve started on another five with wins against Gala and Selkirk. We felt that the games would progressively get more difficult and we’re playing against one of the best sides at this level in Stirling.”

Elsewhere, Whitehill travel to Threave with both Danny Noon and Stuart McLaughlin unavailable and Mickey Lawson is expecting a challenging few days for his team.

“We’re away to Threave and then Edinburgh City next Wednesday so the next two games are huge,” Lawson said. “Threave’s been a happy hunting ground for us but they’ll be looking for a result.”

Spartans head to Gretna without Michael Herd, Donal Henretty and Robbie Ross, who has yet to train this season. Edinburgh University are awaiting confirmation of Tim Rawlinson’s suspension ahead of facing Preston Athletic.