League title will have been well earned, says Vale boss

The East of Scotland Premier Division trophy
The East of Scotland Premier Division trophy
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Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale manager Raymond Carr believes the team that wins the Central Taxis Premier Division title will have deserved it over the course of the season.

A win for Lothian tomorrow over Civil Service Strollers at Saughton (3pm) will lift the reigning champions into pole position, as leaders Leith Athletic are in King Cup semi-final action. But Carr is adamant that worth has to be judged over the season and not in the final few weeks.

“Whoever wins the league will have deserved to have won it from day one,” said Carr.

“Leith have had a great season, we have kept ourselves in contention and Easthouses have a game in hand.

“You judge it over the course of the season, we got a great win over Easthouses last week but I don’t think people should look at goal difference too much, tomorrow is an equally hard game against Civil Service and they’ll be looking to end the season on a high.”

Paul Crawford and Eddie Mearns are doubts for Lothian for tomorrow’s match, while Dayne Robertson will be missing for Strollers, with Civil manager Ross McNeil looking to avoid injuries and suspensions ahead of next month’s South Challenge Cup final with BSC Glasgow.

Easthouses Lily will be looking to bounce back from their 5-0 defeat at Lothian last weekend when they travel to Fernieside to face Tynecastle (2.30pm).

Graeme Young is suspended for Lily, with Euan Smith also out, but Dave McQueenie can welcome back Darren Robertson and Mark Brown to his squad.

Tynecastle will be looking to make it eight matches unbeaten in the Central Taxis Premier if they can avoid defeat.

In the First Division, Heriot-Watt University face Kelso United at Riccarton (2pm).

The students will be looking for a repeat of Tuesday’s 3-0 win over the Borders side when a Sean Muhsin double and a Chris Donnelly strike kept the Riccarton men in the promotion hunt.

Ormiston have a free weekend but manager Brian Johnston was delighted to see his team end Peebles Rovers’ unbeaten run with a midweek 2-1 win at Recreation Park, with Craig Wojtowcyz and Declan Quinn on target.

“It was a great team performance, we got both goals just before half-time and it keeps us in a good position,” said Johnston.