Spartans chase first-ever victory over East Kilbride

Willie Bremner

Willie Bremner

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Spartans’ Willie Bremner is keen for his side to finally pick up a win against Lowland League rivals East Kilbride tomorrow at the fifth attempt and claim a William Hill Scottish Cup third-round date with Clyde.

The Ainslie Park side were denied victory by a late Joao Vitoria equaliser last Saturday as the teams shared six goals in a thrilling 3-3 draw. The reigning league champions have so far failed to beat tomorrow’s opponents since the league’s inception last year, but Bremner is hoping tomorrow’s replay at K-Park spells success.

Bremner, who netted the first of Spartans’ three goals, is expecting another even encounter. “I think it will be tight,” he said. “The last few games we’ve had with them we haven’t beaten them so that gives us more of an urge to beat them this time. Hopefully we can do it. It’s going to be a tough game, both teams will be buzzing for it.”

Dougie Samuel’s men have yet to record a victory against the K-Park club, having drawn 2-2 at the Spartans Academy earlier in the season on league business following a last-gasp penalty for the home side. Bremner believes this is partly due to the qualities of Billy Ogilvie’s squad.

“To be honest, from what I’ve seen of East Kilbride, I think they’re a fairly good team. I think it’s just one of those games – they play good football, they keep good possession and I think we’ve maybe been a little bit unlucky at times as well.

“Last Saturday I thought we were a wee bit unlucky with a few decisions but at the end of the day both teams did well hence the replay on Saturday.”

Bremner admitted the potential opportunity to take on Clyde was a big incentive. “Of course we always want to play against higher-ranked opposition,” he said. “No disrespect to Clyde, but I think we could maybe beat them. It’s a great tie and I’m really looking forward to hopefully getting through to the next round.”

Spartans have rarely had a full squad to choose from during this campaign. Influential midfielder John Grant missed out last Saturday through suspension and Kevin Motion will suffer a similar fate for the replay after receiving two cautions.

Injuries have also played their part but having added defender Jack Nixon to the squad this week, Bremner is hopeful they’ll be back to full strength sooner rather than later.

“We’ve had a bit of bad luck with injuries to be honest and also a couple of suspensions and people being unavailable. We’re slowly getting more people back towards the first team so hopefully there will be more players available this coming Saturday.”

The forward has four goals to his name so far this season, including Spartans’ initial equaliser in last weekend’s encounter and he is hoping to repeat the trick again tomorrow.

“Of course it’s always great to score and hopefully I can score again in the big games. I’m looking forward to Saturday and hopefully I’ll get another chance to get on the score sheet again,” Bremner added.