Whitehill have must-win game against Vale if Leithen

Mickey Lawson

Mickey Lawson

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Mickey Lawson believes his Whitehill side have to take all three points from tonight’s home game against Vale of Leithen if they want to finish in second place in the Lowland League.

Saturday’s 6-0 demolition of Threave Rovers meant the Rosewell club jumped to fifth in the table, but Lawson knows they must maintain their good form to catch those above them, starting with Vale this evening.

Second spot in the league guarantees passage into the second round of next season’s William Hill Scottish Cup and Whitehill are keen to land that prize.

“Mark Lamb and his players will be desperate to exorcise their Groundhop Day defeat at the hands of Preston and that makes them dangerous,” he said. “We drew 1-1 in the corresponding fixture last season but if we are to have any chance of catching those above us in the league we need to win.”

Edinburgh City play host to Stirling University hoping to avoid going three games without a win after being crowned champions. A 2-1 loss at Dalbeattie followed by last week’s goalless draw with Gretna represents City’s worst run of the season, but boss Gary Jardine believes he’ll have no trouble motivating his players for the remainder of the campaign.

“We want to get as many points as we can. We’ve got 20 players fit so there’s competition for places so I’ve no problems there at all.”