Easthouses Lily focused on revenge over Strollers

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With the top two sides not in action tomorrow due to cup commitments, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale have the chance to move within a point of second-placed Easthouses Lily when they face Civil Service Strollers at Saughton.

Kevin Twaddle’s side suffered a heavy 7-2 defeat the last time the two sides met in September, but a commanding 5-3 win over Coldstream last weekend has the Hutchie camp in good spirits this week.

“That was probably one of our best performances of the season and we reminded the boys at training that that is what we expect of them,” said Twaddle.

Hutchie have injury concerns over Sean Wringe, Scott Moffat, Grant Munro and Callum Connelly whilst Kevin Keane is unable to train due to injury and an impending operation.

Civil Service will be missing suspended midfielder Dane Robertson and are expected to complete the signing of Chris Hendrie from Craigroyston having released Jordan Bruce from his contract. Victory for Civil would lift them into third place with manager Ross McNeill targeting a minimum of six points from their three league games before the Christmas break.

“Prior to the Heriot Watt game last week, we had been unbeaten in our last eight games so it’s important we pick up from where we left off because we have some big games in hand coming up,” said McNeill.

Craigroyston travel to Stirling University, with boss Gary Aitchison missing Stephen Cameron and Liam Young.

In the Central Taxis First Division, Ormiston face Burntisland Shipyard with Brian Johnston’s men returning to league action for the first time since November 8 after two South Region Challenge Cup postponements against Whitehill Welfare before last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Mike Lawson’s side.

Defenders Greig Gavin and Liam Skinner are missing for the East Lothian side as well as top scorer Dean Woods, with Zach Szemis carrying a knock.