East of Scotland League: Ormiston out to show true colours

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Ormiston manager Richie Weir believes the joke will be on his players this time around following last week’s humiliating 11-0 defeat at the hands of Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.

Despite being just two-down at the break in their South Region Challenge Cup first-round tie, the East Lothian strugglers shipped nine goals during a second half that Weir described as “embarrassing”.

Ormiston had registered their first victory of the season just seven days earlier, a 7-3 humbling of Burntisland Shipyard in a Qualifying League Cup tie.

But, as the Recreation Park side prepare to kick-off their league campaign tomorrow with the visit of Stirling University, Weir says he expects there to be a few laughs shared among the visiting dressing room pre-match.

“It’s funny because we’d been sitting in the changing-room the week before the Lothian game talking about Burntisland and saying ‘remember they’ve just conceded 14 to Bonnyrigg in the Scottish Cup’,” he explained. “But now it’s us who are in that situation as Stirling will probably be saying among themselves ‘oh this should be easy this team’s just been hammered 11-0’. To be honest, it’s boys’ clubs scorelines; you should never be losing by that margin.

“I was at a loss as to what went wrong in the second half. The guys got a bit of a rollicking at training on Tuesday night and I said to them that we probably could have put a team of under-14s out there and they would have tried harder.

“Our main problems so far this season have been injuries and players who are still on holiday. To be honest we’ve been struggling to field a team most weeks. By 9.30pm last Friday we still only had nine players who could play the following day. It’s been tough to say the least but believe it or not we’ve actually got 23 signed players!

“Tomorrow will be the first time this season that we’ve got about 95 per cent of the squad available for selection.”

Elsewhere, there’s a Capital derby at Saughton Enclosure as Tynecastle host Heriot-Watt University in the Alex Jack Cup semi-final and in the Qualifying Cup first round, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale travel to the Borders to take on Tweedmouth Rangers.