League Cup now priority for Craigroyston

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Craigroyston are banking on success in the Central Taxis League Cup to compensate for a faltering bid to claim the top tier title.

A week after winning 2-0 in a league match at Coldstream, Craigie will aim to repeat the feat when they welcome Streamers to St Mark’s Park for a cup tie.

Craigroyston assistant manager Gary Sutherland said: “We want to win this cup after a couple of league results that have left us hoping that Lothian will stutter in their league campaign.

“It’s a big game for us, and if we perform with the same hard work, teamwork, and desire, we will have a good chance. We will have a full squad available and we should be aiming to get the ball down and play.”

At the same preliminary round stage of the competition, Tynecastle travel to Leith Athletic with an injury-hit squad. Tynie boss Dougie Dalgleish admits the shape of the visitors’ line-up will be determined only in the run-up to kick-off at Meadowbank 3G.

“We have doubts over the availability of quite a few players for tomorrow, so the team selection will be very much a last-minute decision,” said Dalgleish. “It’s a pity, as we were really looking forward to a good game against Leith.”

Easthouses Lily will be rewarded with a King Cup third round trip to Lowland League club Gretna 2008 if they can overcome Peebles Rovers for the second time in eight days.

Dave McQueenie’s Lily won 3-0 against Rovers last week and will aim to string together a cup run to complement their fine league form in the Central Taxis First Division.

“Hopefully, we’ll see the same outcome as last week’s league game and we can progress to the next round,” said McQueenie. “But, I’m sure Peebles will try and make it difficult for us. It’s nice to have a cup run at the end of the season while also taking the league title race down to the last two games.

“It’s been a great achievement by our lads. Overall, it’s a successful campaign, as our main aim at the start of the season was promotion.”

Steven Campbell returns from suspension for Lily, while Jason Young has been released by the club.