Craig Stevenson sat out Spartans’ 5-2 defeat against Whitehill in midweek and is keen to help his side respond positively against Dalbeattie Star by progressing to the Lowland League Cup semi-finals.
“It’s a massive game for us,” said the midfielder. “It was a disappointing result on Wednesday night and we’re looking to bounce back, obviously. There’s two big cups left, the League and the South Challenge and we want to win them both.
“The gaffer rested a few players on Wednesday with one eye on tomorrow’s game so hopefully we can make amends. It was a good game against Dalbeattie [2-1 league victory] last week – we started really well, being 2-0 up after eight minutes. After that they came in to it more so we know it’s going the tough.”
Spartans have already missed one opportunity for silverware this year with defeat by East Kilbride in the final of the East of Scotland Qualifying cup, something that is driving Stevenson and his team-mates on to win the other two on offer. “It was a poor performance against East Kilbride,” he conceded. “It wasn’t really expected because we were playing really well at the time, so credit to them. Hopefully that can get us motivated for Saturday and then the other semi against Whitehill the week after.”
Edinburgh University are also in action at the same stage of the same competition. The Students face Cumbernauld Colts under the lights at Broadwood this evening hoping for a win to prolong their season.