Hare’s running as Lothian Thistle target another win

Willis Hare

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Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale striker Willis Hare believes tomorrow’s William Hill Scottish Cup first-round tie with East Kilbride presents him with the ideal opportunity to add to his impressive goal tally.

Hare has been in terrific form with four goals in his last two games. The 23-year-old forward revealed today, though, that he came close to quitting football altogether two years ago.

“I was really struggling with my form. I was trying to make a big impression perhaps too early and I seriously thought about quitting,” he said. “But it has been a fantastic turnaround for me. I go through little droughts like all strikers, but I’ve started this season well.”

Hare has warned his team-mates that they will face a different East Kilbride side at Saughton Enclosure to the one they defeated in the Image Printers Cup last month. He said: “This is the Scottish Cup and it’s a totally different game. They’ll come here feeling really confident.”

Lothian have Louis Swanson suspended while Liam O’Donnell is out with a back injury.

Civil Service Strollers are also in action tomorrow as they face the long journey north to take on Forres Mechanics.

Colin Tomassi takes charge of Civil again due to manager Ross McNeil working in the United States and will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 4-0 Central Taxis Premier Division defeat by Leith Athletic. Civil will be without Jordan Bruce, Paul Lynch and Stuart Burnside tomorrow but Nicky Rendall and Chris Moffat both return to the fold.

Stand-in boss Tomassi said: “It’s a massive game and one which we all want to do well in. You relish these games as a manager and a player and, although Forres are a very good side in the Highland League, we’re confident of getting something.”