East of Scotland: Leith start Alex Jack Cup defence

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Leith Athletic begin the defence of their Alex Jack Cup when they welcome Tynecastle to Meadowbank 3G tomorrow (3pm).

Athletic have won the trophy the last three seasons and with seven wins out of seven in the East of Scotland League, Derek Riddel’s side are currently eight points clear at the summit, fresh from a morale-boosting 4-1 win over Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale last Saturday.

Tynecastle also go into the game in high spirits after a 5-1 win over Burntisland Shipyard at Saughton on Wednesday night.

Stuart Adams continued his goal-scoring form with two goals against the Fifers, while Martyn Robinson, Robbie McIntyre and Ryan Ferguson were also on target.

“We are looking forward to playing Leith, we had our best performance of the season against East Kilbride on the AstroTurf surface so the 3G doesn’t faze us” said Tynie boss Stevie Vinter.

In tomorrow’s other first round tie, Ormiston host Eyemouth United at Recreation Park with Ormiston striker Chris Robertson looking to add to his impressive tally of ten goals from his last five league games.

“I made the step up from Salters Athletic at the end of last season. I was their top goalscorer with 60 goals in the LEAFA Premier League but I’ve enjoyed it since I came to Ormiston, East of Scotland Football was the next challenge for me and I just want to continue the good run of form I’m in,” said Robertson.

In tomorrow’s East of Scotland League fixtures, Spartans EOS will be hoping to get back on the winning trail when they travel to Burntisland Shipyard.

Craigroyston were due to face Kelso United in the Alex Jack Cup but with the Border side’s resignation from the league, they face Civil Service Strollers at St Mark’s Park.

Heriot-Watt University face Duns at Riccarton.

All other matches kick off at 2.30pm.