Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale defender Paul Crawford says the rest of the clubs in the East of Scotland League only raise their game when they come up against the Saughton-based outfit.
Having progressed to the semi-finals of the King Cup with a 3-1 win over Heriot-Watt University at the weekend, the Lothian squad will now pay close attention to tomorrow night’s crunch clash between Tynecastle and league champions and leaders Leith Athletic.
Raymond Carr’s side trail Leith by two points and will be hoping the club, who they groundshare with, can do them a favour. But, 27-year-old Crawford isn’t holding his breath.
“I don’t expect Tynecastle to do anything for us,” he said. “I don’t think anyone else in the league raises their game when they come up against the likes of Leith.
“Everybody wants to beat Lothian and that’s the way it’s always been but never anyone else. Tynecastle played Leith earlier on in the season and were beaten 5-0 and for a team that said they were going for the league, it was a bit embarrassing. That’s just my opinion though.
“Any team that can raise their game for one week against us and then go and play a team who is also near the top and get walloped the next is a strange one.
“I’ve said to the rest of the boys we should take it as a compliment that teams go out to do their best against us but it is frustrating.
“I think both ourselves and Leith will win all our games between now and the end of the season and it will then come down to who beats who.”
Meanwhile, Lothian will meet either Coldstream or Burntisland Shipyard in the last four of the King Cup whilst Leith will play Tynecastle.
Elsewhere, Tynie surprisingly lost 1-0 at bottom side Burntisland on Saturday and remain just a point ahead of Stirling University in fourth who saw off East Lothian outfit Ormiston 3-0.