Lothian Thistle boss Raymond Carr not getting carried away

Raymond Carr has overseen a winning run

Raymond Carr has overseen a winning run

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Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale boss Raymond Carr has lauded his side’s start to the 2016/2017 season but admits he is fully aware just how quickly things can change.

Last year’s league runners-up have been in scintillating form this month winning all four of their Qualifying League Cup Group A matches scoring 20 goals in the process and still yet to concede.

The Saughton-based club have already qualified for the competition’s semi-finals but will cement their position as group winners with victory over nearest challengers Coldstream tomorrow.

However, given Lothian’s exploits in last season’s Scottish Cup where they fell one round short of a lucrative money-spinning tie with Celtic, plus a host of call-offs due to the adverse weather, Carr knows how quickly that momentum can swing.

“We know that things can shift very quickly in this league with players getting injured, matches being called off, but it’s been a good start,” he said. “We hadn’t set any targets for the League Cup as it’s been part of our pre-season preparations. I think we’ve played around ten games now, including friendlies and we haven’t lost a game yet so it’s looking good for us at the moment.

“Teams will hopefully take notice and especially when we played without our regular strikers at Peebles on Tuesday night and we still managed to come away with a 1-0 win. We had one or two of the other boys in but we never had the composure in front of goal that we normally have.

“Coldstream will be tough opponents tomorrow though as all the Borders sides are.”

Meanwhile, Ormiston, who have already been eliminated from the competition, welcome Eyemouth United to Recreation Park, and in Group B, Heriot-Watt University travel to Tweedmouth Rangers. Leith Athletic play Stirling University at Meadowbank 3G.