Kevin Twaddle, manager of Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, believes managerless Craigroyston will still pose a threat to many teams in the Central Taxis Premier Division this season.
The two sides meet at St Mark’s Park tomorrow with the hosts seeking their first win of the season, following the dismissal of Tom Hendrie after last weekend’s 7-2 defeat by Tynecastle.
Twaddle, however, believes that Craigroyston’s impressive form towards the tail-end of last season should serve as a reminder to the rest of the league of the danger they pose.
“It was disappointing for Tom, but sadly these things happen in football. People shouldn’t forget that last season they only missed out on second place in the final game.
“They also got to a League Cup final as well and Tom played an important role in that. I don’t think there will be any shortage of applications for that job, because they are a well run club with a good pedigree in the division.”
Twaddle is still reeling from the loss of Scott Moffat to a dislocated knee after Wednesday night’s 2-1 victory over East Kilbride in The Image Printers Cup, and may look to bring in an emergency striker on loan before tomorrow’s game.
Meanwhile, Craigroyston began the recruitment process for a new manager earlier this week. It is hoped that a new man will be in attendance at the game tomorrow.
There is another all-Capital clash at Ainslie Park with Alex Cunningham’s Spartans taking on local rivals Civil Service Strollers. Spartans were defeated by high-flying Leith Athletic at Meadowbank last weekend and will be able to welcome back Seb Pyda from his three-match suspension as well as Brad Raiker and Blair McWhirter, who have both been recently unavailable.
Civil Service’s only injury concerns are long-term absentees Nicky Rendall and Gavin Pettigrew, with manager Ross McNeill looking forward to the clash.
“We know each other very well having played them in the Qualifying Cup a few weeks ago. It’s always good to get on the astroturf at Ainslie Park, so everyone is looking forward to it.”
Leith Athletic travel to Stirling University looking to preserve their 100 per cent start to the season and their place at top of the league. Manager Derek Ridell has a full squad to choose from with the only absentees being Dan Simpson, who is on holiday, and the injured Neil Lowson.
Easthouses Lily have also made an encouraging start to their Premier League campaign and face Coldstream at Home Park.