Easthouses Lily boss Dave McQueenie is cautiously eyeing an end-of-season title decider between his team and Hibs, but is aware the club must protect their season’s unbeaten record to reach that stage.
McQueenie’s men trail Hibs by a single point at the top of the Central Taxis First Division and can seal promotion by earning a point at home to Burntisland Shipyard tomorrow.
“Motivating the side is quite easy, as we want to go through the season unbeaten,” said McQueenie. “That’s the target we have set ourselves. Also, we want to take it to the last league game against Hibs for a winner-takes-all title decider. If that can’t motivate the players, nothing can.
“Hopefully, we’ll secure the point that will see us promoted, but we’ll be going out for all three tomorrow to keep the pressure on Hibs.”
The young Hibees travel to Woodside Park to face Kelso United and Hawick Royal Albert host fellow strugglers Duns. Ormiston face another side enduring a torrid season in Peebles Rovers. Murray Cheyne’s Ormi side is suffering from the absence of a number of injury victims and will have their regular goalkeeper sidelined through suspension.
Cheyne is focusing not on selection issues, but on securing three points that could see his team leapfrog Kelso and move into fourth place.
“This is an absolutely key game for us against Peebles, who are normally sticky opponents and we always have a lively encounter when playing them. I don’t expect Saturday’s game to be any different.
“The last few weeks haven’t be particularly kind for us, with two postponements and two games against an Easthouses side who are flying and virtually guaranteed promotion. The other game against Burntisland was very disappointing and the loss there was not what we expected.
“With the exception of next week’s game against Hibs, we need to be confident about getting results.”