Craig Nisbet aims to turn Pennypit into a fortress

Preston Athletic manager Craig Nisbet in the Pennypit dressing-room. Picture: Jon Savage

Preston Athletic manager Craig Nisbet in the Pennypit dressing-room. Picture: Jon Savage

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New Preston Athletic manager Craig Nisbet’s first priority is to improve The Panners’ home form as he prepares to take his place in the Pennypit dugout for the first time tomorrow to face Stirling University.

Nisbet missed last weekend’s 1-0 loss away to Edinburgh University at Peffermill due to prior family commitments, but will be on the touchline tomorrow as the Panners set about trying to make their ground something of a fortress again.

“I’ve spoken to the players and I’ve set the expectation levels of where I think we should be compared to where we are,” he explained. “At the end of the day, as long as we look to win our home games and compete in our away games, that’s more than what we can ask for.

“We’ll work with what we’ve got and try and get into a decent position and a true reflection of where we’re at ability-wise. I don’t think third bottom is where we should be.”

Elsewhere, Whitehill Welfare welcome back former manager Mickey Lawson to Ferguson Park for the first time as Vale of Leithen boss, while Spartans travel to Dalbeattie Star. Edinburgh University host Gala Fairydean Rovers at East Peffermill.