Whitehill Welfare remain the only side to have prevented Edinburgh City from scoring this season – something striker Ross Allum is keen to rectify tomorrow.
A 0-0 Lowland League draw at Meadowbank back in September remains the only game in all competitions in which Gary Jardine’s high- flyers have failed to find the net.
The two meet in their Lowland League Cup Central Section B tie at the same venue and Allum, who missed the league encounter through suspension, is hoping he can ensure the Midlothian side don’t leave with another clean sheet.
“I’ll definitely be looking to find the net,” said City’s top scorer. “Especially since it’s my old club – I used to play with Whitehill a few years ago and I missed the game earlier in the season through suspension.
“I’m looking forward to it and the boys are too – it’ll be a good game. It’s always a hard game against Whitehill, they’re quite a physical team and everybody knows that, but they’re a good team as well.
“I watched it [September’s goalless draw] from the stand that day and it was a tight game. They probably had the best chance late on but both teams could have won. We both kind of cancelled each other out so it’ll be another tight game tomorrow. We’ll have to be at our best to beat them but I’m sure they’ll be thinking the same.”
Recent poor weather has meant both sides have had a number of games postponed over the last few weeks. Indeed, each club has only managed one Lowland League Cup fixture – both losing to Spartans respectively by the odd goal. With a final qualifying section tie against BSC Glasgow remaining, tomorrow’s encounter could go a long way to deciding who claims the second qualifying spot behind likely group winners Spartans, so the significance is not lost on Allum.
“It was disappointing the other week against Spartans [City lost 2-1 at Ainslie Park] because everybody was up for the game and looking forward to it and it just never seemed to go for us. We never got the rub of the green but to be fair, Spartans played well and deserved their win. We’ll look to sort that out on Saturday and get three points to give ourselves a chance. A few boys – including myself – didn’t perform in that game so we’ll be looking to put that right on Saturday.”
The striker admitted that despite the festive season being up on them, he and his City team-mates are desperate to get back playing following recent postponements so as not to lose the momentum built up over the first half of the campaign.
“The boys were talking about it at the weekend. Most teams might want two weeks off at Christmas but we’re the opposite of that – we want the games on. We don’t want to sit out for two weeks, we want to get going for every game, keep winning and keep the momentum going. Even though this game’s not in the league keep we’re still looking to get three points on the board.”
The City boys did put their unexpected free weekend to good use with a squad Christmas night out. Their form this season means they had certainly earned it, but Allum revealed manager Gary Jardine wasn’t quite dishing out the goodwill on their return to training.
“It was a good night out on Saturday but Gary certainly had us running on Tuesday to get it out of the system! We’re ready to go for tomorrow.”