Leith Athletic missing key players for cup clash

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Derek RIDDELL’S Leith Athletic host Edinburgh University in an Image Printers East of Scotland Qualifying Cup tie at Meadowbank 3G, with the hosts’ boss having a number of first-choice picks missing due to injuries and suspensions.

University in an Image Printers East of Scotland Qualifying Cup tie at Meadowbank 3G, with the hosts’ boss having a number of first-choice picks missing due to injuries and suspensions.

To add to the four first-team players who missed the midweek defeat to Craigroyston, Euan Campbell and Liam Jack – injured and red-carded, respectively, at St Mark’s Park – will also miss the visit of the students.

Riddell said of tomorrow’s match: “At the start of the season, we always set our sights on doing well in the league, and any success in the cups is a bonus. You play against teams from three leagues [Premier and First Divisions, and Lowland League] so it’s always good to get a cup run.

“I believe Uni have changed massively from this season. They have a lot of fresh faces, with guys leaving and new guys coming in, but they have had a couple of good results so far.”

Another all-Edinburgh fixture in the Qualifying Cup comes in the form of Lowland League pair Spartans and Edinburgh City meeting at Ainslie Park.

East Lothian club Ormiston travel to Kelso, Craigroyston visit Peebles Rovers, and Spartans’ East of Scotland team play at Berwick Rangers Reserves. Reigning East of Scotland champions Whitehill Welfare, now members of the Lowland League, will welcome Coldstream to Rosewell.

Among the non-Lothians clubs, Fifers Burntisland Shipyard are at home to Duns, Eyemouth United entertain Hawick Royal Albert, and Selkirk play Gretna 2008 at Yarrow Park.

In the Alex Jack Cup first round, Midlothian club Easthouses Lily host Tynecastle and Heriot-Watt University are at home to Stirling University’s Lowland League outfit.

The only Premier Division clash of the weekend sees Civil Service Strollers at home to Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.