Civil Service Strollers manager Alex Cunningham is anticipating a fiery local derby with Craigroyston at Christie Gillies Park tomorrow in the East of Scotland League.
Strollers came through a bruising league encounter with Peebles Rovers last weekend with a 1-0 victory thanks to a Jordan Finnie header, although the victory came at a cost with Barry Milvern sustaining a double fracture of the nose and Matthew Cunningham receiving a second yellow card.
“It was a tough encounter last weekend and the boys did really well to get through it, but this is an important local derby against an improving Craigroyston side,” said Cunningham.
Cunningham believes it is important his side start to get league games under their belts, with Strollers still having a couple of games in hand following their Scottish Cup commitments early season.
“If you start to pick up points you can put a little bit of pressure on the likes of Leith, Lothian and a few of the other sides that are above you especially if these teams have cup matches, but we’ve got an interesting run of fixtures coming up and there is an opportunity for us.”
Blair McWhirter and Chris Milligan are set to miss out for Civil tomorrow, but striker Kyle Boggie returns to the fold following his honeymoon.
Craigroyston manager Andy Brown is likely to keep faith with the same side that defeated Burntisland Shipyard last week, Strollers having won the first encounter between the sides 2-0 at St Mark’s Park two weeks ago.
Leith Athletic travel to Duns hoping to extend their five-point lead at the summit and go eight matches unbeaten, with James Hainey and Lewis Martin looking to continue their impressive scoring run.
Heriot-Watt-University are at Home Park to face Coldstream looking to put last weekend’s Alex Jack Quarter Final defeat to Duns behind them.
Spartans EoS host Eyemouth United at Ainslie Park (3.00pm), whilst Tynecastle face Peebles Rovers at Saughton Enclosure.
“We are maybe three points off from where we wanted to be at this stage of the season, but after the disappointment of losing a few games at the start, the players are starting to click into gear now as I knew they would,” said Tynie boss Steve Vinter.
All other matches kick off at 2.30pm.
Meanwhile, East of Scotland Select Boss Gary Aitchison has named his squad for this Sunday’s clash with the Scottish Amateurs select at Colville Park, Motherwell (1.00pm kick-off)
Kevin Swain, Scott Gormley, Willis Hare (Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale), Craig Dickson, Greig Tulloch, Ewan McIntosh (Craigroyston), Kyle Fee, Scott Wilson, Grant Burns, Sean Murphy, Neil Lowson (Leith Athletic) and Stuart Burnside, David Stewart, Matthew Cunningham, Ian Ballantyne, Jonathan Watson (Civil Service Strollers) have been selected for the match.