Strollers face Tynecastle in Challenge Cup

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Civil Service Strollers and Tynecastle clash in the third round of The South East Challenge Cup tomorrow (3.15pm kick-off) at Peffermill with both sides looking to continue their recent run of good form.

Strollers have another cup clash with Lowland League East Kilbride on Wednesday in the semi-final of The Football Nation Qualifying Cup, and then five matches in the space of 14 days.

“It’s a hectic period for us with all the postponements we’ve had, but we just have to get our games on and do our best. We have the Under-20 squad to supplement us and although it’s hard to keep everyone happy in a squad, we’ve had big numbers at training and you need a big squad at times like this,” said manager Alex Cunningham.

Strollers will be missing striker Kyle Boggie for tomorrow’s match, although Cunningham has re-signed midfielder Jack Downie ahead of tomorrow’s clash.

“The players are raring to go for tomorrow and it’s an interesting game because Tynecastle are playing really well at the moment.”

Tynecastle manager Steve Vinter is looking for his side to raise their game ahead of the match with Civil despite last weekend’s 3-1 league win over Duns.

“Our performance was a little below par last weekend, our build up play was decent but we huffed and puffed for long periods and we’ll have to be at our best this weekend,” said Vinter who has signed goalkeeper Craig Coburn on loan from Berwick Rangers for the rest of the season.

In the East of Scotland League, leaders Leith Athletic travel to Coldstream, while Heriot-Watt-University host Craigroyston at Riccarton 3G (2.00pm kick-off).

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale host Burntisland Shipyard with a pitch inspection expected at Saughton Enclosure; Spartans EoS travel to Stirling University.

Ormiston were due to face either Duns or Whitehill Welfare in the South East Challenge Cup third round but due to the postponement of that match on Wednesday evening, the East Lothian side face Hawick Royal Albert at Recreation Park in the league. All other matches have a 2.30pm kick-off unless stated.