Strollers keen to bring in new faces for cup tie

Civil Service Strollers manager Ross McNeil
Civil Service Strollers manager Ross McNeil
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Civil Service Strollers boss Ross McNeil is aiming to give his club the best possible chance of cup progress against Edinburgh City tomorrow by adding more fresh faces to his line-up.

McNeil takes his improving Premier Division strugglers to Meadowbank to face Lowland League club City on King Cup first-round duty. McNeil’s men are beset by a number of injuries and suspensions, but the Strollers supremo hopes to augment his squad with further recruits.

“We are still trying to bring in a couple of new faces, but certain clubs have still not officially released the players we are after,” said McNeil.

For City, Mark Torrance, Ryan Wilson and Grant Vanson all face late fitness tests after being substituted in last week’s 4-0 defeat to Whitehill Welfare, but Shaun Harrison is fit again after an injury sustained against Spartans almost two weeks ago.

However, Peter Stenhouse and Michael Pentland are definitely ruled out.

Craigroyston, who drew 0-0 at Leith on league duty last weekend, face their sixth meeting with Heriot-Watt University this season when they meet the students at Riccarton. Craigie have the luxury of a full squad from which to choose as they bid to embark on a cup run with the aim of proving a point.

Craigie assistant manager Gary Sutherland said: “We want to go on a good cup run so we can maybe get a Lowland League team and see if there is a gulf between the Lowland and East of Scotland leagues, which I don’t think there is.

“Last week, we defended very well and, if we can just start converting chances again, I’m confident we can progress.”

Easthouses Lily host fellow First Division club Eyemouth United, with Lily boss Dave McQueenie looking to carry his team’s positive league form into the cup. “We will hopefully continue our good league form into this game to progress and keep our momentum going,” said McQueenie who has a full squad fit and available.

Elsewhere, Dorian Ogunro’s Premier Division high-flyers Edinburgh University face a trip south to Kelso.