Preston ATHLETIC can consolidate their position in the Central Taxis Premier Division when they host Gretna 2008 at the Pennypit Stadium tonight, kick-off 7.45pm.
The Prestonpans club were promoted last season and appointed David Bingham as their manager, with the remit of building a completely new team capable of holding its own in the top flight.
Bingham, a former Gretna favourite, feels that this objective has not quite been achieved just yet, although Preston sit in mid-table, six points above the relegation zone.
“We drew 1-1 with Lothian Thistle at the weekend when we were definitely not at our best, although the conditions at Saughton Enclosure did not help us,” said Bingham. “We did not play anything like how we have been playing recently and, to be honest, neither team did enough to win the game. Tonight we face a Gretna side who will be hurting after being beaten on Saturday by Edinburgh University, so we will have to be ready straight from the kick-off.”
A bonus for Bingham was the return of John Gilbertson in goal, who he hopes will be able to play tonight.
Gretna have Dean Rea and Greig Goodwin suspended.
In the First Division, Leith Athletic can get their promotion push back on track after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to league leaders Coldstream. Tonight they face Peebles Rovers on the 3G surface at Edinburgh University’s Peffermill Playing Fields, kick-off 7.45pm.
Elsewhere, Burntisland Shipyard entertain Easthouses Lily (6.45pm) while, in the Borders, Duns host Selkirk (6.45pm).