Tynecastle must test leaders in battle to beat the drop

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FOLLOWING their excellent 4-3 win against Gretna 2008 at the weekend, Tynecastle face another tough encounter at Fernieside tonight when they host Central Taxis Premier 
Division leaders Whitehill 
Welfare, kick-off 7.15pm.

Tynecastle are fighting to avoid relegation and with four games left they have given themselves an outside chance after picking up all three points against Gretna.

Douglas Dalglish, Tynecastle’s team director, said: “It was very pleasing on Saturday and the result gave us another three points although it is still looking difficult for us.”

Jordan Caddow, who is suspended, is Tynecastle’s only absentee.

Whitehill, meanwhile, lead the Premier Division on goal difference from their great 
rivals Spartans. Whitehill beat Heriot-Watt University 3-0 at the weekend with two goals from striker Wayne McIntosh and manager Mike Lawson said: “Wayne is on fire at present. He scored two cracking goals and he also stopped their attacking full back, Aaron James, from going forward.

“Tonight we play Tynecastle in our fifth game in ten days. We don’t have a big squad 
although Mike Irving and I can move players about and not disrupt the balance of the team.”

John Hall could return but Willie Kidd is unlikely to feature as he has a shoulder injury.

Last night, Leith Athletic trailed Hawick Royal Albert by two goals with only 15 minutes left in their vital Central Taxis First Division match but staged a late rally to win 3-2 with 
Hawick having three players sent off in the last seven minutes.

It was a dramatic finish to a game which had just about everything. Gordon Ramsay gave Hawick the lead with a terrific strike before Peter Keenan netted from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time. Craig Hume scored from the penalty spot for Leith in the 75th minute then Liam Jack headed home a Gary Black cross with only seven minutes remaining. Hawick’s indiscipline then cost them dearly with Ramsay, Ron Fleming and Graeme Clee all sent off before, in the final minute, Hume notched Leith’s late winner.

“We did not play particularly well although it was good to win and pick up three points,” said the Leith manager, Derek Riddel.

Leith are now in third position, four points behind leaders Coldstream but with a game in hand.