Seniors: Tynecastle bid to extend unbeaten run

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QUALIFYING League action dominates the East of Scotland fixture card this weekend, with eight cup ties across four sections being contested tomorrow.

Tynecastle will aim to extend their unbeaten run in Section A and draw level at the top of the group with Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, who are without a game, when they visit Kelso United.

Tynecastle boss Dougie Dalgleish may be without a couple of players but is keenly-anticipating a return to action for his side, who have not played a game in the last fortnight.

“With no scheduled game last week, will be glad to get back into competitive action,” said Dalgleish.

Civil Service Strollers and Eyemouth United, who are both without a point having played three and two Qualifying League matches respectively, will face each other in Muirhouse.

In Section B, Edinburgh University will look to maintain the pressure on leaders Stirling University by beating Hawick Royal Albert at Albert Park. Dorian Ogunro’s men are three points adrift of Stirling and will expect their rivals to win at bottom club Duns.

Two all-Edinburgh ties grace Section C, with Hibs EOS hosting Craigroyston at East Mains and Leith Athletic entertaining Heriot-Watt University at Meadowbank 3G.

Craigroyston manager Ross McNeil anticipates a tough encounter against a young Hibs side unbeaten in league and cup competitions this season, but insists his decimated squad will relish the match.

“It will be a hard game for us against full-time players, but, one thing is for sure, we will be up for it,” said McNeil.

Easthouses Lily can go top of Section D if they beat visitors Coldstream, but Lily will be without four players due to injury and suspension.

Ally Elliot and Craig Brown will come back into contention for a place in the Easthouses line-up and boss Dave McQueenie is hoping two new signings can feature. Peebles Rovers host Spartans in the other Section D match.

In the only league tie of the weekend, Ormiston host Berwick Rangers Reserves in the First Division. Ormi will aim to pull clear of a side they are currently level with on six points.