Whitehill Welfare take on Edinburgh University in the Ferrari Packaging Lowland League at Ferguson Park tonight and assistant manager Stevie Adams believes Saturday’s 4-1 win at Edinburgh City shows the Midlothian club have turned a corner this season.
Welfare became the first side to leave Meadowbank with three points in over a year at the weekend. With confidence restored, Adams believes things are starting to click for Grant Carnie’s squad after an indifferent start.
“Saturday’s game came on the back of a couple of disappointing results,” he said. “The boys have stayed positive and fought really well. We had a great pre-season, but we’ve just not taken that into the games but it’s been coming – we knew it was just round the corner.”
Dorian Ogunro’s Uni are next up for the Midlothian club, themselves coming off the back of a confidence boosting win. The Students picked up their first points of the season with a 4-0 win over Threave Rovers at East Peffermill – a game that was delayed nearly an hour due to the visitors experiencing traffic problems. Uni are clearly not a team struggling to find the net, that result succeeding a 5-1 victory over Duns in the previous weekend in the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup.
Spartans face a stern test as they welcome East Kilbride to Ainslie Park. Dougie Samuel’s side’s up-and-down start to the season continued with a 1-0 loss away to Gretna, leaving them with two wins, two draws and two defeats from six games.
Captain Ally MacKinnon could be in contention for some game-time following several weeks out with an injury. The Spartans skipper was an unused substitute in the defeat to Gretna. Blair Carswell is available again after missing the win over Whitehill due to family commitments, but Samuel will again be without Jack Beesley and Dear Horribine due to injury. East Kilbride, who beat Selkirk 5-4 last weekend, know a win see them take top spot from Edinburgh City on goal difference.
Preston Athletic will travel to Stirling Uni without midfielder Jamie Beaton, who received a straight red for violent conduct during Saturday’s 4-0 loss to BSC Glasgow at the Pennypit. Fellow midfielder Robbie Manson is a doubt after being forced off with a head knock that also required a visit to accident and emergency.