Craigroyston struggling with injuries

Craigroyston manager, Ross McNeil. Picture: Greg Macvean
Craigroyston manager, Ross McNeil. Picture: Greg Macvean
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A CRAIGROYSTON side depleted by the absence of five players will host Edinburgh University on the opening day of the 2013-14 East of Scotland League Premier Division.

Liam Young, James Guy and Jordan Low are all suspended for the home side, with the last named suffering from ’flu in any case. David Jeffries is also ill, while Steven Moncur’s comeback from broken ribs may take another four weeks.

Liam Young, James Guy and Jordan Low are all suspended for the home side, with the last named suffering from ’flu in any case. David Jeffries is also ill, while Steven Moncur’s comeback from broken ribs may take another four weeks.

“You don’t win leagues with 16 players,” said Craigie manager Ross McNeil. “We have about 21 boys signed on this season, and it’s all about the squad. Last season, when we won the First Division, every man had a part to play.”

McNeil believes his side, which bounced back to the top flight at the first attempt, contains sufficient quality to meet the heightened demands of Premier Division opposition. He has stressed to his charges the importance of teamwork and goals being provided by players in all positions.

“We’re going up a level, but most of the team played in the Premier Division the season 
before last, so they’ll cope well,” said McNeil. “We had individuals last year, but I told them at training that I want goals from all over the park. We’ll be right up for the game tomorrow and we’re going to go and 
attack. Results breed confidence, which plays a massive part in football.”

Edinburgh University, as is the norm when the new academic year is yet to commence, will also be without a number of players. Dorian Ogunro, the Uni manager, expects a new-look squad to be in place by the start of October, but, until then, his side will be made up of older players who have remained in the city since the last term ended.

Ogunro said: “Traditionally, we struggle for numbers early in the season, but we’ll be okay. There are some new recruits, but most of the new players haven’t arrived back [in Edinburgh]. We’re still using some of the older players because our squad isn’t that big yet.”

Ogunro expects a stiff challenge at St Mark’s Park from a team that has become accustomed to winning.

“They must be a good team because they got promoted and they’re used to winning,” said Ogunro. “I watched them play a couple of times recently and they are well-organised, aggressive, and they score goals.”

In tomorrow’s only other Premier Division fixture, Tynecastle play host to Coldstream.