Craigroyston ready to “roll sleeves up”

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Craigroyston are prepared to “win ugly” in a bid to catch Central Taxis Premier Division leaders Stirling University when the teams clash tomorrow.

Craigie assistant Gary Sutherland has labelled the fixture his side’s biggest of the season, with a win enough to edge the St Mark’s Park men a point ahead of Stirling.

But, Sutherland points out that sitting pretty at the top of the pile is not always achieved by playing attractive football.

“Sometimes you need to just roll the sleeves up, battle away, win tackles and headers, get first to the ball, and have the desire to win. Pretty football doesn’t always win games,” said Sutherland.

“It’s probably our biggest game of the season and one we want to win to have a chance of winning the league title. If we play as well as we did in the second half of the Hibs game last weekend [which Craigie ended up losing 2-1], we will cause Stirling problems.”

Craigie’s Liam Young is out after sustaining a knock last weekend, while his team-mate Liam Jack remains sidelined.

Easthouses Lily, just a point off Hibs at the First Division summit, entertain Kelso United at Newbattle Complex. Lily will be hoping for favourable results involving two Borders teams, as they look to overcome Kelso while hoping Hawick Royal Albert can cause an upset in their home match against Hibs.

Regardless of the title race, Lily boss Dave McQueenie, whose team are 15 points clear of the nearest promotion challenger, hopes to wrap up a top-two finish as soon as possible.

“We’ll hopefully pick up the three points that would edge of that little bit closer to promotion,” said McQueenie. “But, it will be a difficult game, as Kelso are a big, strong team and heavy conditions seem to suit them.”

Elsewhere, fourth-placed Ormiston may have the opportunity to close the gap on Easthouses if they win at Peebles Rovers. Ormi boss Murray Cheyne says that his club’s realistic goal should be third place.

“This is really a must-win game for us,” said Ormi boss Murray Cheyne. “Otherwise, we are going to be dropping back into the mid-table pack, and it’s looking like a very close run to the end of the season for third place.

“Key for us this week is to improve performance in the last third of the pitch and to turn chances into goals.”