Tynecastle FC have outlined their proposals for the club’s East of Scotland team to groundshare with Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale at Saughton Complex from next season.
The Fernieside club have been in an on-going consultation with Edinburgh Leisure, Edinburgh City Council and the SFA since October and have decided against renewing their lease at the Gilmerton Ground despite some recent ground alterations.
Tynecastle plan to have their East of Scotland and youth teams based at Saughton and will work in close partnership with Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale and the council to maintain the grass pitches to a high standard.
“We see this as the next big step for the club, the chance to play at state-of-the-art facilities with good partnership from the local community,” said Tynecastle chairman Dougie Dalgleish. “Although this will mean an increase in the number of games played on the grass, if the pitch is properly managed we believe it can be of great benefit to both clubs.”
The two sides meet tomorrow in the Central Taxis Premier League at Saughton, with Raymond Carr hoping to keep Hutchie’s league challenge on track.
Lothian will be without Grant Munro and Kevin Keane, who are carrying injuries, while Connnor McGregor serves the last match of a two-game suspension. Willis Hare is a doubt with flu.
“The matches between ourselves and Tynecastle are always very competitive and tomorrow’s will be no different,” said Carr.
Tynecastle have a doubt over Euan McIntosh, while Kyle Fee returns from suspension.
Leith will be hoping to bounce back from their setback at Easthouses Lily last weekend when they host Craigroyston at Meadowbank.
Grant Carnie’s side can take comfort from their last two results against the league leaders with a 2-1 win at St Mark’s Park in February followed by a 2-2 draw at Meadowbank three weeks ago.
Easthouses Lily welcome Coldstream to Newbattle, with Dave McQueenie under no illusions his side will face a tough task against the basement side, who he said “are never an easy team to play against.”
Darren Robertson is suspended for Lily tomorrow with Gavin Tainsh a hamstring doubt. Liam Fellinger returns from holiday.
Spartans EOS host Civil Service Strollers at Ainslie Park where the visitors will be on a high following their South Challenge Cup semi-final win over Lowland League Whitehill Welfare last weekend.
All matches kick off at 3pm.
• University coach salutes make-do-and-mend side
HERIOT-WATT University head coach Chris Smith believes his side deserve praise for their recent performances
despite struggling with a lengthy injury list.
Andy Forbes and Neil Robb are the latest players to have spent time on the treatment table following last weekend’s 3-2 defeat at league leaders Peebles Rovers.
But although Watt have already lost Alex Scott, Neil Laurenson and Jamie Hulme to injury along with other long-term absentees, Smith took a lot of positives out of a midweek 1-1 draw with Burntisland Shipyard at Riccarton which saw an Elliot Sutherland goal cancelled out by Shipyard’s Peter Bell.
“The next two games against Eyemouth tomorrow and then Hawick next Wednesday are crucial for us if we want to stay in the hunt for second place,” said Smith.
“The guys have done really well to turn in the level of performances that they have in recent weeks, this is in spite of the injuries we’ve had.”
Heriot-Watt are now eight points behind Ormiston in the race for second place, after Brian Johnston’s side claimed an impressive 4-1 win over Hawick Royal Albert on Wednesday.
Dean Woods netted his 17th goal of the season with a double over the Border outfit, with George Cunningham and Redmond Barker also on target.
Tomorrow Ormiston welcome Kelso to Recreation Park as they look to tighten their grip on second spot.
The match at Riccarton has a 2.00pm start, with Ormiston’s match kicking off at 2.30pm.