East of Scotland: No thoughts of revenge for Lothian

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale manager Raymond Carr
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale manager Raymond Carr
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Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale boss Raymond Carr insists revenge won’t be in his thoughts when Heriot-Watt University visit on East of Scotland League duty on Wednesday night.

The Saughton-based outfit have the chance to close the gap on champions and current leaders Leith Athletic to two points with victory over Banji Koya’s men, as do Watt, who also harbour title asprations of their own. The students, however, will have played three games more than their rivals.

Lothian suffered their first defeat of the campaign when the sides last met at Riccarton in February, Watt running out 3-1 winners that day. However, Carr says their focus is solely on picking up maximum points on Wednesday.

“There are no thoughts of revenge ahead of the game,” he said. “They put the ball in the net on the day and deserved to win even though we dominated.

“We are challenging for the league so we have to go out and get the three points and put those other issues to one side. It’s as simple as that. It’s still within our own hands so we just have to keep winning.”

Lothian were without goalkeeper Kevin Swain in Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Eyemouth United after the player suffered two broken ribs in the Football Nation Qualifying Cup final defeat to Spartans nine days ago.

“We’ll have to go without Swainy again on Wednesday but we’ve just got to get on with it,” Carr explained. “Banji had been on the phone about trying to get the game moved as they’ve got a big game in the afternoon in the Uni set-up but we’ve got to focus on ourselves.

“There was no hangover at the weekend down at Eyemouth which was pleasing. We knew we should have won he match against Spartans but we know we’ve got other finals to look forward to. It’s how you react and we got that down at Eyemouth.”

Leith stuck to their end of the bargain with a 4-1 win at Ormiston on Sunday and Tynecastle edged out Coldstream in the Borders 2-0 – Dean Crabbe and Ryan Mayer on target for Stevie Vinter’s men who remain in fourth.