Kevin Twaddle knows rivals are gunning for Lothian

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Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale manager Kevin Twaddle has warned his table-toppers they are there to be shot at as they bid to stretch their lead at the top of the Central Taxis Premier Division.

Champions-elect Lothian, a point clear at the summit with several games in hand, face mid-table Edinburgh University at Peffermill tomorrow knowing that a victory could take them four points clear, but boss Twaddle believes second-place Craigroyston are just one team not yet out of the title race.

“You’re sitting top of the tree and every team wants to beat us and become the first to do so since I’ve been here,” said Twaddle, who took the reigns at the Saughton club in November. “Craigroyston are in a fantastic position. We’ve got games to play, but they have the points on the board. I watched Edinburgh Uni last week and they are a hard-working team of a good standard.”

Uni boss Dorian Ogunro admitted his own side face a stern test against the leaders. “It’s a big challenge against the champions-elect,” said Ogunro. “They have been in excellent form and look odds-on to win the league comfortably. It will be difficult, but a good test for us.”

Twaddle revealed Lothian are among the clubs to have applied to join next season’s Lowland League.

“It’s exciting, but we don’t know yet whether or not it will happen,” he said. “We want to be among the Whitehills and clubs like that.

“For now, though, it’s a matter of trying to do everything we can this year to achieve all we can. All the good work can still go out of the window.

“It would be a big thing for me to win the league and gain qualification for the Scottish Cup next season.”