Dave McQueenie says his Easthouses Lily players are hugely motivated by the prospect of knocking long-time Central Taxis First Division leaders Hibs off the top of the table tomorrow.
Lily can replace the young Hibees at the second-tier summit for the first time this season if they victory from their trip to Berwick Rangers Reserves.
“Everyone’s been buzzing at training and we’re looking forward to a game that could put us top of the table,” said McQueenie. “But, it won’t be easy. On our last visit to Shielfield, we lost 3-1 in a Qualifying League match before recovering well to beat Berwick 4-2 in the league the following week.”
Tynecastle will welcome back the previously-injured Dean Cummings for their Image Printers East of Scotland Cup quarter-final tie at home to Leith Athletic, but Tynie’s Michael Dick is cup-tied after featuring for Civil Service Strollers in the competition earlier this season.
Buoyant after victory over Stirling University in the previous round, Tynecastle and secretary Alistair Wilkie are braced for the challenge of cup specialists Leith.
Wilkie said: “We are looking forward to the match but realise that this will be a very difficult match against a very good Leith side, who always do well in cup competitions, and are probably in a false league position.”
Injured duo Lachlan Thom (knee) and Steven Lynch (calf) will miss Leith trip to Fernieside, but visiting boss Derek Riddel said: “We’ve trained really well this week and the guys are looking forward to the game, with a semi-final slot up for grabs. It won’t be an easy game. Tynecastle have been playing well, and they’ll also feel like it’s a great opportunity for them to get to the last-four stage.”
The prospect of the King Cup first round tie going ahead between Heriot-Watt University and Craigroyston remains in the balance, as Watt’s Riccarton pitch remains susceptible to drainage issues.
“If it goes ahead, the match will represent the third meeting between the sides in little over a month, with Craigie having won 3-0 before Christmas and 5-1 earlier this month.
Craigie assistant Gary Sutherland, whose side have a full squad to choose from, said: “It’s just a case of waiting and hoping the weather is decent. If we can get through this round, I’d be interested to see the difference between our team and some of the Lowland League teams.”
Watt boss Chris Smith could pitch young on-loan Hearts goalkeeper Jordan Millar, who turned 17 a little over two months ago, into the fray alongside new signing Brian Anderson.
“We’ve got a couple of injuries, but the squad is strong at the moment and we’re raring to go,” he said.