Edinburgh United goalkeeper Sinclair Inglis insists the pressure is all on visitors Bonnyrigg Rose tomorrow, as United put their impeccable early-season home record on the line in the third round of the Junior Cup.
The Paties Road club have stormed their way to the top of the Premier League after lifting their first league title in 28 years last season when they won the South Division – with their home form a key factor.
United have won five out of five at home in the league and, added to two wins already in the Junior Cup and one in the Fife and Lothians Cup, they have every reason to be confident going into tomorrow’s match against an experienced Super League side.
Keeper Inglis, United’s captain, has conceded just two goals over the eight games on their home patch and will be hoping to keep a dangerous Rose frontline at bay.
He has already kept a clean sheet against a Super League side this season, when United won 1-0 away to Penicuik Athletic in the East of Scotland first round.
“I’m doing my job in the goals and I must say my defence has been good as well. We’ve been really, really strong at home,” said the 30-year-old.
“We’ve got to fancy our chances at home as our home record is frightening just now, but I reckon they’ve got a lot more pressure on them than what we’ve got on us. I reckon if we go out and play the way we play, we could frustrate them enough for them to get a bit agitated on the ball and we could maybe nick the win.
“It’ll be a close one. I can’t imagine seeing them running over the top of us. It’s going to be hard, but if we defend properly and play the way we play, we have got every chance of beating them.”
Inglis admits he was a little worried that they’d struggle this season in the second tier when former manager Johnny Harvey left to join Haddington Athletic, but he has been impressed with how quickly new boss Jack Lynch has got them playing well.
“I was a bit apprehensive to see what was going to happen,” said Sinclair.
“I thought it was going to be a hard season with Johnny leaving, under a new management team, but we’ve managed to keep a lot of the players.
“We only maybe lost four or five players. It was still basically a new side again when we started the season, but we gelled really quickly. We are just on fire at the moment. The way we are playing football is really good and our confidence is sky high.”
Successive promotions for United would be an incredible achievement for a club who had struggled in the South Division for a number of years at the wrong end of the table.
United threw away a two-goal lead last Saturday away to Dundee North End – the match ending 2-2, however Edinburgh still moved top, ahead of second-placed St Andrews.
Inglis is confident that they can stay there, although he admits there is still a long way to go. He said: “We’ve played a lot of games over the bridge already so we’ve got the points on the board and we don’t have much more travelling to do. Hopefully if we can keep the points coming, we should be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.
“Back-to-back promotions would be a great achievement if we can do that, but we aren’t getting ahead of ourselves just now. We need to keep playing the way we are playing and get the points on the board.”
United are without recent signing Craig Millar tomorrow who is cup-tied having played for Penicuik in the competition already this season, while Bonnyrigg are just without Darren Smith who has left the club by mutual consent.