Civil Service hope for Ingles boost

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Civil Service Strollers, who leaked eight goals at home to Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale in a midweek cup tie, host Leith Athletic as the two sides taste Premier Division action for the first time this season.

The match signals Strollers’ third consecutive game at Marine Drive, with an opening-day loss to Kelso meaning they are yet to make the most of home advantage. The goalscoring form of Chris Ingles, who notched two goals in the otherwise demoralising 8-2 defeat in the Qualifying League to Lothian on Tuesday night, offers a much-needed positive for the hosts.

Leith, meanwhile, have not been shy in front of goal themselves, having dispatched Burntisland Shipyard 5-1 at home three days ago.

Former Hutchison Vale 
under-21 striker Robbie Mason hit a brace for Athletic, whose manager Derek Riddel was pleased with individual performances all over the pitch against both Burntisland and in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at home to Hibs’ young team.

“It was a very tough game on Saturday and a good win in midweek,” said Riddel. “It’s always difficult because different teams treat the Qualifying League differently to the league, so we’re not going to read anything into Civil Service’s result in midweek.”

Coldstream and Edinburgh University currently top the Premier Division table following away victories at Tynecastle and Craigroyston respectively in the only two top-flight fixtures to have been contested this term.

In tomorrow’s First Division action, Duns host Peebles 
Rovers.