Civil Service Strollers get back on track

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CIVIL SERVICE STROLLERS responded positively to an 8-2 home loss last week by defeating Leith Athletic in the teams’ opening East of Scotland Premier Division fixture.

Visitors Leith were ahead twice in the match thanks to Peter Conaghan’s first-half brace, but two goals by Gavin Burrell and a third strike of the season by Chris Ingles resulted in a 3-2 home win.

That result may have come as a surprise to some, as Strollers had opened their campaign with a pair of home defeats – 1-0 to Kelso and 8-2 to Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale last Tuesday.

Strollers manager Andy Raeburn said: “We just didn’t play on Tuesday, but, in the previous game, against Kelso, we were the better side. The difference was that we took our chances on Saturday. It was a real battling performance from us, and it wasn’t a bad game to watch, either.

“After Tuesday, the boys put their hands up straight away, and I put the point across that the kind of performance we put in that night was not acceptable. From the warm-up on Saturday, though, we looked more up for it.”

Leith Athletic coach Derek Riddel said: “We’ll probably play worse and win games, but considering that we were in front twice, it’s disappointing that we couldn’t kick on and get ourselves another goal in front to give ourselves a bit of breathing space.”