Kirk faces poser as Preston seek first win at Gala

Preston Athletic manager Willie Kirk. Picture: Toby Williams

Preston Athletic manager Willie Kirk. Picture: Toby Williams

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Preston Athletic may have seen an upturn in performances since Willie Kirk’s appointment as manager, but the Panners travel to Gala Fairydean Rovers tomorrow still searching for their first win of the season.

The club are rooted to the bottom of the Lowland League with just three points won this season – all from drawn games. Last week’s 2-0 home defeat by Stirling Uni meant Threave Rovers’ surprise win at Gretna left Kirk’s side alone at the bottom.

Captain Ricky Ramsay, Scott Gibson and Paul Devlin are all doubts for tomorrow. Although Preston aren’t involved in this week’s Scottish Cup action, its youth equivalent will cause the manager some problems, with on-loan Hearts trio Alistair Roy, Aaron Scott and Liam Henderson in action for the Gorgie club’s U20s tonight against Whitehill. The three are still eligible for Jack Ross’s squad as part of their loan agreement.

Whitehill’s senior side ended their win-less run with a 3-1 home victory over East Kilbride last weekend, and entertain Dalbeattie Star tomorrow. A win would lift Mickey Lawson’s side into second place with Spartans on cup duty and level on points. Defender Ryan McKenzie was forced off last week and Lawson will hope he is fit to continue his partnership with new recruit Danny O’Donnell. Fellow centre back John Hall could return after being unavailable.

Edinburgh Uni couldn’t build on their successive victories when they played Selkirk for the second time in a week, and Dorian Ogunro’s students will look to respond to their 2-5 South Challenge Cup defeat with a positive result at home to BSC Glasgow.