Dalkeith keen to test themselves against Lithgae

Dalkeith boss Willie Pearson
Dalkeith boss Willie Pearson
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PREMIER LEAGUE outfit Dalkeith Thistle will be hoping for another cup scalp when they host Linlithgow Rose in the Fife and Lothians Cup tomorrow.

The promotion-chasers knocked out Newtongrange Star on penalties in the last round and they are now looking forward to pitting their wits against Super League champions Rose.

Manager Willie Pearson said: “These are the games we want to play in. We want to be in the Super League and play against the best. We will do our best. It will give the boys a chance to test themselves.”

Dalkeith are right in the mix for a step up to the top flight with nine league matches remaining. They sit fifth and are just four points off second-placed Oakley United with three games in hand, although fourth-placed Penicuik still have 12 league games to play.

After a crucial three points away to promotion rivals Jeanfield Swifts last week, ideally they would have liked to take their momentum into a league match this weekend.

Pearson added: “This game is a bit of a distraction because we have our minds set on the league. If we keep working away we are hoping that we can get into third place and get a play-off.

“We are looking forward to Linlithgow coming through. We’ll do our best, but the most important thing is the league.”

New Linlithgow manager Danny Smith will not be in charge tomorrow as he takes Camelon for the last time in their Junior Cup quarter-final against Whitletts Victoria. Rose secretary Jim Harkins will assume manager duties for the fourth game in a row, having won the last three.

Dalkeith miss Sean Lally and David Liddle tomorrow, but apart from that, they have a full squad to choose from.