East of Scotland: Leith Athletic aim to pounce

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Leith Athletic can increase their lead at the top of The East of Scotland League tomorrow at Heriot-Watt University.

Derek Riddel’s team beat Peebles Rovers 7-0 last Saturday with six of the club’s highly promising youngsters on target.

Heriot-Watt have been rocked by the news that skipper and striker Chris Donnelly is ruled out for the next few weeks with an ankle injury, but Ian Little is confident his side can build upon last weekend’s 4-3 win over Spartans EOS.

“Players are slowly returning to fitness. Losing Chris was a blow as he’s been in top form, but I’ve been really encouraged by the likes of Anton Dowds and Liam Walker who were both on target last week.

“Leith are one of the strongest sides in the league and you need to have as many bodies available as possible. We’ve still got Jack Daniel to return as well as a few others, but after our performance against Spartans we have nothing to fear.”

Tynecastle travel to Ormiston with Tynie boss Steve Vinter’s only absence being defender Greg Jardine. Midfielder Chris Milligan has left the club.

Ormiston have a full squad for tomorrow’s clash at Recreation Park. In the other fixture, Craigroyston will be looking for their first three points of the season when they host Duns at St Mark’s Park.

Spartans EOS match against Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale is off due to Lothian’s Scottish Cup replay at Girvan. All matches kick-off at 2.30pm.