East of Scotland: Ormiston champing at the bit

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The final round of East of Scotland league fixtures before the three-week festive break takes place tomorrow.

Ormiston welcome league leaders Leith Athletic to Recreation Park (2.00pm kick-off) with Brian Johnston’s side champing at the bit to get some action under their belts following the postponement of their last three fixtures.

“Last week was really frustrating for us because we tried to get the game against Stirling switched to our ground as it was playable, but they wouldn’t allow it and then we contacted a few other clubs to ask if they wanted a game but they refused,” said the Ormiston manager.

“It’s not ideal because I now have three players suspended as opposed to the two I had last week, but we’re confident the game will go ahead tomorrow. We’re unbeaten in our last five and we ran Leith close in the League Cup earlier in the season, I’m sure they won’t underestimate us,” added Johnston.

In tomorrow’s other fixtures, Spartans EoS host Hawick Royal Albert at Ainslie Park (3.00pm kick-off) with Colin Tomassi proud of the way his side have competed in the first half of this season, which has seen them propel themselves to second place in the league.

“The younger players have developed really well so far, the likes of Blair Atkinson, Paul Dickson, Sean Stewart and Kai Wilson have all worked hard and it’s all about maintaining the standards because playing for the Lowland side has to be a target for them,” said Tomassi.

“We are in a good position in the league, it’s still going to be hard to catch Leith who’ve been terrific, but our overall standard of play has been excellent.”

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale travel to Burntisland Shipyard with the hosts having been awarded their SFA Entry Level Licence.

In tomorrow’s other matches Craigroyston travel to Peebles Rovers, Tynecastle host Duns at Saughton Enclosure and Heriot-Watt face Coldstream at Riccarton (2.30pm kick-off).

All other matches kick-off at 2.00pm unless stated.