Spartans welcome city rivals Edinburgh City to Ainslie Park tomorrow knowing only victory will do if they are to remain in the hunt for automatic qualification for the semi-finals of the Lowland League Cup.
The league leaders are four points adrift of Group B frontrunners Stirling University but have played one game fewer than the students.
Manager Dougie Samuel, who misses both Robbie Ross and Jack Beacher through injury tomorrow, said: “It’s still in our own hands if we win all our remaining games.
“City will come and play with a bit freedom, but I would prefer to focus on what is within our control. We’ve played them four times and each of those games there have been spells where we’ve been on top and then they’ve been on top so we expect another difficult game.”
City miss both Jordan Caddow and Peter Stenhouse through injury but Shaun Harrison, Mark Osborne and Gerry Burgess return to the squad after missing Monday night’s 1-0 defeat to Stirling University.
Meanwhile, Whitehill Welfare travel to Forthbank to tackle Stirling with Mickey Lawson hoping to have a full squad at his disposal.
Captain Mike Bruce is struggling after a virus, but Lawson is optimistic his central defender will be fit to take his place in the side.