Preston Athletic and Edinburgh City eye first win

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PRESTON ATHLETIC await the visit of Edinburgh City for tonight’s Lowland League clash at the Pennypit, with both sides looking to secure their first victory of the season

The visitors have fared marginally better than their opponents in their opening three fixtures, picking up a point on their travels after a 3-3 draw with Gala Fairydean Rovers last Tuesday at Netherdale. Preston, meanwhile, have yet to put a point on the board despite some battling performances.

Three home defeats to Dalbeattie Star, University of Stirling and Vale of Leithen have dropped the East Lothian side to the foot of the table, but manager, David Bingham, who will hand a start to young Craig Pennycuick in goal in tonight’s clash, admits his players must learn to apply themselves.

“City are a good football side, but if we match them, there’s no reason why we can’t get the victory. However, it’s up to the guys who start tonight to play for 90 minutes and not 45 like we have been doing.”

Bingham’s opposite number, Gary Jardine, anticipates a tricky encounter: “Knowing David Bingham as a manager, they will be really attack-
minded, so they put your defence under a lot of pressure.”

Elsewhere, Spartans travel to face Selkirk at Yarrow Park, the hosts buoyed by their SFA licence approval just yesterday. However, Spartans are yet to taste defeat with two victories and a draw.