East of Scotland: Little encouraged by Heriot-Watt

Heriot-Watt manager Ian Little
Heriot-Watt manager Ian Little
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Heriot-Watt University manager Ian Little has been pleased with the enthusiasm of his new squad at Riccarton Campus.

The students face Ormiston at Recreation Park for the second time in two weeks tomorrow in the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup first round.

“I’ve had two really good training sessions with them already and the enthusiasm of the players has been very good” said Little.

“This is a great opportunity for me. The facilities at Riccarton are excellent and with the number of bodies who are available to train, it’s better for me because you can develop your coaching even further.”

Watt missed full-backs Alex Scott and Mark Hamill for last Saturday’s clash with Coldtream, but both are expected to be available for tomorrow along with Lars Holmen and Jamie Hume.

Ormiston’s George Cunningham and Dean Woods, but Ally Morgan returns.

Cup holders Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale face Stirling University at Saughton with Raymond Carr expecting a tough game.

“The gap between the two divisions is not a big one, we have been disrupted a bit with a few injuries and missing bodies but we’ve made a great start in terms of results so tomorrow is a big test” said Carr.

Leith Athletic travel to Gala Fairydean Rovers of the Lowland League who will be smarting after their midweek 3-0 defeat by Edinburgh City (Kick-off 3.00pm)

Craigroyston host Coldstream at St Mark’s Park. goalkeeper Shaun Smith is having surgery on his knee so Eric Tshibangu is expected to start.

Chris Rooney, Euan McIntosh and Brian Forster have all returned to training with Andy Brown running the rule over a trialist from Raith Rovers.

All other matches kick off at 2.30pm.