Alex Jack Cup winners Leith Athletic return to league action tomorrow against the only team to have beaten them in the East of Scotland season so far.
Derek Riddel’s side will be looking to increase their lead at the top of The Central Taxis Premier Division against Stephen Gibbard’s Coldstream who defeated Athletic two weeks ago in the SFA South East Challenge Cup.
Riddel is hoping his squad can use last Sunday’s final victory as a springboard to further success, but knows his side face two tough games this week starting with the trip to Home Park tomorrow before facing Lowland League Stirling University in the second round of the Image Printers Cup on Tuesday evening. “The squad is buzzing at the moment and I am hoping we can use last Sunday’s win as a springboard for further success. We’ve got two tough league matches coming up.”
Second placed Easthouses Lily travel to bottom side Craigroyston with Dave McQueenie able to welcome back Craig Brown to his squad after the striker missed last weekend’s win over Tynecastle.
Despite Craigroyston’s lowly position, McQueenie believes his side will face a tough examination at St Marks Park tomorrow. “We won that match 3-2, but we won it late on and they pushed us really hard that night. They’ve changed their manager since then and Gary (Aitchison) has a tough job on his hands, but tomorrow is a hard game because they are desperate for the points.”
Craigroyston have signed Stephen Cameron in time for tomorrow’s clash, but Kyle Bogie and Jason Young have now left the club with Gary Aitchison confident of adding some more faces in the coming weeks.
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale host Tynecastle at Saughton Enclosure as the two sides meet for the second time in the space of two weeks. Kevin Twaddle is missing Kevin Keane, Grant Munro, Callum Connolly, Sean Wringe, Scott Moffat and Matty Jont to injury tomorrow with Lewis Cairns facing a late fitness test. Tynecastle manager Stephen McKenzie reports no fresh injury concerns as his side look to end a four-match winless run.
Civil Service Strollers travel to Stirling University with Ross McNeill missing one of his goalscorers from last weekend’s win over Coldstream, Kieran McGachie due to work commitments. He will also be without the services of Stephen Moncur, Scott Richie and long term injury victim Jake Moyes but is hoping to name two unnamed trialists for tomorrow’s clash.
The matches at Saughton Enclosure and Stirling kick off at 3.00pm, whilst the games at Coldstream and Craigroyston kick off at 2.00pm.
Table-toppers Ormiston travel to Duns tomorrow with manager Brian Johnston keen to put the emphasis on youth as his side look to build on last weekend’s win over
Defender Zach Szemis – a former Edinburgh Schools player – and midfielder Bob Wood have been signed on loan from Haddington Athletic ahead of tomorrow’s clash with the Borders side, although Johnston will still be without the service of top goalscorer Dean Woods.
“I’ll probably have an average age of about 21 in my squad for tomorrow’s game, but we have an exciting range of talented young players at this club who have all played at under-20 and amateur level. I was a little short on bodies this week, so I spoke to John Harvey at
Haddington and he was happy to send a couple of his boys over. Tomorrow’s side will be different from the one that started last week, but you can’t name the same 11 every week.”
Heriot-Watt have also been in good form of late and they travel to Kelso United tomorrow on the back of a superb 6-2 win over Duns last weekend.
Head coach Chris Smith will be without Jamie Hulme and Robert Service but has drafted in Finlay Watt to his squad after he featured for the students’ amateur side in
midweek as well as third year student Henrik Dahle.
Smith said: “It’s important we stay grounded but the Gala Fairydean result in the South East Challenge Cup gave
everyone a lift and confidence is really high just now.”