East of Scotland leading pack eyeing home comforts

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The top four sides in the Central Taxis Premier Division all have home advantage this weekend with important points up for grabs.

Unbeaten league leaders Leith Athletic entertain Stirling University EOS at Meadowbank, with Derek Riddel missing the suspended Neil Lowson following his red card against Easthouses last weekend and Kenny Hall, who serves the last game of a two-match suspension.

Riddel has a few of his first-team squad unavailable this weekend due to a wedding, so there may be an opportunity for some of the under-20 players to stake a claim for more regular first-team action, with youngster James Hainey and Lewis Tracey in contention after Hainey netted in the midweek friendly against Tranent Juniors.

Easthouses Lily host Coldstream at Newbattle Complex, with Dave McQueenie’s men looking to remain in touch with Leith at the top, following their 2-2 draw at Meadowbank last Saturday.

McQueenie will be missing John Hunter, David Arthur and Euan Smith, who all have family commitments this weekend, but Darren Robertson returns to the fold after missing last weekend’s match due to injury.

Civil Service Strollers host Spartans EOS at Edinburgh College Sportsground with Ross McNeill’s in-form side looking to continue their recent unbeaten record which has seen them undefeated in their last six league games.

McNeill will have to do without the services of Dane Robertson and club captain Neil Campbell due to suspension, whilst Alex Cunningham has doubts over Lucasz Rusin and Hayden Crane for Spartans, although defender Kyle Bogie should make his debut having been signed on a free transfer following his release from Craigroyston.

Gary Aitchison’s struggling Craigroyston side travel to Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale tomorrow hoping that a win could potentially lift them up to seventh place in the table depending on results elsewhere. Defender Chris Hendrie is the only absentee for the visitors.

Kevin Twaddle’s outfit will be looking to build on their solid showing against Lowland League leaders Edinburgh City last weekend which saw them narrowly lose in the South Challenge Cup. Lewis Cairns is missing for Hutchie, with Sean Wringe, Callum Connolly, Connor McGregor, Scott Gormley and Kevin Keane still carrying knocks.