East of Scotland League: Leith Athletic eye 19-point lead

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Leith Athletic have the chance to establish a formidable 19-point lead at the top of the East of Scotland League as they welcome Duns to Meadowbank 3G tomorrow (3.00pm).

After last weekend’s last-gasp 1-0 victory over Hawick Royal Albert at Netherdale, the Leithers have the chance to extend their impressive unbeaten home record to 15 matches against a side whom they comfortably defeated 6-1 in the corresponding fixture back in October.

It’s the first match of a double0header with the New Hawthorn Park side, who will visit Meadowbank again on Tuesday as Leith begin their defence of the Central Taxis League Cup.

Duns came mightily close to a South Region Challenge Cup upset last weekend as they lost 2-1 to Whitehill Welfare in extra-time, a match that was also played at Netherdale in the immediate aftermath of Leith’s dramatic late win.

Leith still have five league fixtures to fulfil in light of recent postponements which includes matches against Tynecastle and Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.

In tomorrow’s other gams, Spartans EoS have the chance to leapfrog Heriot-Watt-University back into second place if they can overcome Coldstream at Ainslie Park (3.00pm).

Colin Tomassi’s side lost 2-0 to the students last weekend but can take advantage of Watt’s free weekend if they can defeat the Streamers.

Tynecastle travel to Peebles Rovers with Steve Vinter able to welcome back Scott Coleman from suspension for the clash with John O’Hara’s outfit.

“We’ve got midweek games against Spartans and Craigroyston after the Peebles game, so it’s important we utilise the squad at our disposal and try to stay injury free,” said Vinter.

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale will be looking to get their first taste of competitive action in five weeks with a home clash against Hawick Royal Albert at Saughton.

Lothian’s last five league matches have all fallen victim to the weather, the latest casualty being their trip to Ormiston last weekend which was postponed due to sudden heavy rain having initially passed a morning pitch inspection.

Ormiston host Craigroyston while Civil Service Strollers travel to Burntisland Shipyard.