Gary Jardine laments heavy start to season for Lowland teams

Gary Jardine. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
Gary Jardine. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
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PACESETTERS Edinburgh City travel to face 12th-placed Preston Atheltic at The Pennypit tomorrow seeking to further extend their unbeaten run.

The Meadowbank side have a four-point cushion at the summit of the Lowland League despite the punishing fixture schedule in place at the start of this campaign.

It’s something manager Gary Jardine feels is asking a lot of teams: “We’ve eight months of the season left and that’s already a quarter of the season gone in terms of games. I don’t think that’s fair on footballers at this level, who have to work all day then play at night. Those games should have been spread throughout the season.”

Striker Ross Allum will be available after suspension for the trip to East Lothian for a fixture the home side would probably prefer not to have in view of their start.

They are still waiting on their first victory of the campaign after another home defeat by Vale of Leithen in midweek.

Elsewhere, there’s a clash of the students as Dorian Ugunro’s Edinburgh Uni travel to play their Stirling counterparts who sit two points behinds behind them in the league.