Heriot-Watt University striker Chris Donnelly is enjoying the form of his life at the moment as he looks to build on his 16-goal tally against Burntisland Shipyard at Riccarton Campus tomorrow (kick-off 2.00pm) in the East of Scotland League.
The Ulsterman is averaging a goal a week for the students, his latest strike coming from the spot in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Ormiston at Recreation Park.
“I’ve been delighted with the goals so far, although it can be easy to lose count and the chairman has to remind me sometimes just how many I’ve got,” said Donnelly who is club captain.
“I thought that I was on 17 after a recent goal I scored against Coldstream but I’m told it was an own-goal so I’ll have to settle for 16 just now, but as long as the team is winning, I don’t mind who is scoring,” added Donnelly.
Watt coach Ian Little will be without midfielder Fraser Wilson for tomorrow’s clash but with the Watt Under-20s not having a fixture this evening, he could offer first-team opportunities to some of the youngsters with Scott Davies and Adam Kerlin both featuring of late, whilst Michael Connor is also back in contention following an injury.
Leith Athletic and Tynecastle go head-to-head at Meadowbank 3G with the hosts looking to increase their six-point lead at the summit having booked their place in a fourth successive Alex Jack Cup Final last week (3.00pm kick-off).
Tynecastle go in search of their sixth straight league win and although Tynie boss Steve Vinter knows it will be a stiff task against Athletic, he was encouraged by his team’s showing at Meadowbank last month in the 4-1 Alex Jack Cup defeat.
“We had a strong penalty claim turned down in that match and also created some really good opportunities so we feel we can go there and cause them problems.”
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale will be looking for the ideal result ahead of their crunch William Hill Scottish Cup second round replay with Montrose at Links Park on Tuesday, with Coldstream the visitors at Saughton tomorrow.
Captain Grant Munro will be missing for tomorrow’s match with the Borderers after injuring his knee last Saturday with Raymond Carr urging concentration from his players ahead of the replay with the Scottish League Two side.
“It’s important we don’t lose focus and concentrate on Coldstream who have achieved some good results at the top end of the table,” said Carr.
Spartans EOS face Peebles Rovers at Whitestone Park with Colin Tomassi able to welcome back Andy Howat, Brad Raiker and Kai Wilson.
Civil Service Strollers travel to Stirling University with Jordan Finnie and Davy Stewart looking to continue their impressive run of form for Civil.
Ormiston play Eyemouth United at Warner Park whilst Craigroyston visit Duns.
All other matches are 2.00pm kick-offs.