Edinburgh City captain Dougie Gair is hoping for a straightforward 90 minutes this weekend when the Ferrari Packaging Lowland League champions welcome Threave Rovers to Meadowbank.
Last Saturday’s 3-2 win over Spartans ended up as arguably the best game since the Lowland League’s inception with five goals, three red cards, three saved penalties and a winner in the last minute. Gair would settle for a drab affair tomorrow – as long as City claim the points again.
“It was a hectic start to the year!” he laughed. “I don’t think anyone would have envisaged the sort of 15-20 minutes that happened on Saturday. As long as we pick up the three points tomorrow I’ll be happy anyway.”
The long-serving skipper is City’s regular penalty taker, and missed only his second in a black-and-white shirt when Blair Carswell tipped his effort round the post. Ross Allum’s subsequent efforts faired no better and, while it made things difficult at the time, Gair is happy to take on the responsibility again.
“There’s certainly been some competition at training this week to see who gets on them next!” he revealed. “It was a bit hellish on Saturday. I think that myself and Ross not having missed in that long, it just sort of all came together at once but I’ll have no problem stepping up again.” A continued winning run would set City on their way to retaining their league title and, while Gair and his team-mates know what it takes at this time of year, they won’t be taking the league’s bottom club lightly tomorrow.
“We need to keep the run going,” he explained. “Up until Christmas it was a bit disjointed with a game here and there, but we’ve got the first three points of the year on board and we want to keep building. I know everyone will be thinking it’s a home win but Threave aren’t as bad as the league suggests. They’ll be looking forward to it, especially with their pitch being in such a bad state due to the recent floods. They’ll be up for their first game of the year so we’ll need to be on guard.”
Elsewhere, Spartans will head to Vale of Leithen without suspended trio Conner Duthie, Eddie Malone and Alan Brown, while captain Ally MacKinnon is a major injury doubt. Whitehill Welfare are away to BSC Glasgow while Edinburgh University travel to Gretna 2008.