City and Welfare aiming to continue unbeaten starts

Whitehill Welfare manager Mickey Lawson. Picture:Malcolm McCurrach
Whitehill Welfare manager Mickey Lawson. Picture:Malcolm McCurrach
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Edinburgh City and Whitehill Welfare go head to head at Meadowbank this evening with both sides yet to lose a Lowland League match this season.

City dropped their first points of the campaign at the weekend after a 1-1 draw away to Stirling University, but a last-minute Frazer Paterson goal against Shelley Kerr’s outfit meant the Capital club rescued their unbeaten start to the campaign.

The late goal did come at a cost when striker Ross Allum was shown a straight red card for an over-exuberant celebration and will miss tonight’s encounter.

Whitehill also saw a striker dismissed in their 3-1 victory away at Threave when Wayne McIntosh was sent off. Aaron Somerville’s double and a John Hall strike gave Mickey Lawson’s team the points.

Lawson is well aware of City’s quality, and predicted a strong season for Gary Jardine’s side before a ball had been kicked.

“When I saw their signings and I saw them at 18/1 at the start of the season I thought ‘that’s a good each-way bet’ and that’s what they are,” he said.

The Rosewell club are the league’s second top scorers behind City with 16 goals in six games, and Lawson puts that down to a positive, attacking attitude.

“Being a purist, we probably conceded too many goals but the one thing about us is that we always try and go out and win games,” he said.

Edinburgh University go to Gala Fairydean Rovers off the back of their first league win of the season, having beaten Preston Athletic 5-1.

David Bingham’s side attempt to get their own season on track at home to Vale of Leithen. The Panners boss is hoping for a change of fortune after a miserable start to the campaign.

“The harder you work, the more chance you have of turning it round and we’ll maybe start getting a wee break here and there,” he said.

“I still don’t think we’re a bad side – we’re just low on confidence and you can see that with players at the top level. When they’re low on confidence, they aren’t as effective.”

Elsewhere, Spartans welcome Selkirk to Ainslie Park with both teams having lost their respective weekend fixtures.