East of Scotland: Spartans to blood youngsters

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Spartans EOS manager Colin Tomassi says he intends to bed in some of the club’s under-20 players between now and the end of the campaign.

With just five league games remaining for the Ainslie Park outfit and leaders Leith Athletic 19 points in front, Tomassi says now is the ideal opportunity to blood some of the club’s youngsters.

“We’re going to bring in some of the guys from the 20s to give them some game time between now and the end of the season,” Tomassi revealed ahead of his side’s trip short trip to face Civil Service Strollers at Marine Drive tomorrow.

“A number of them will be too old for that level next year so the East of Scotland league is a good stepping stone if any of them are keen to get themselves into the Lowland League team. It’s a natural progression for them so it will be good to see how they fare against better quality of opposition.”

Tomassi says his players were desperately disappointed to learn their League Cup semi-final clash with Tynecastle on Wednesday was rained off having thus denying them the chance to remove last week’s 3-1 King Cup defeat by Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale from their system.

“The boys were really looking forward to the game on Wednesday there but the weather has been a constant menace all season,” he said.

“The League Cup has definitely got to be our main priority now as the league has been gone for a long while and we were put out the King Cup by Lothian Thistle last weekend. Tynecastle are a good side and much about the same as ourselves so I’m looking forward to it whenever it gets played.”

On tomorrow’s opponents Civil, who registered a 2-1 victory over Ormiston midweek, Tomassi added: “Civil have got a number of games in hand so they are a another one of those teams who could go above us if they win all their games so we need to stop that tomorrow.

“I think we can still finish in the top four but we’ll need to see. We still want to win as many as we can.”

Elsewhere, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale will look to close the gap on leaders Leith when Raymond Carr takes his side to St Mark’s Park to play hosts Craigroyston.

Leith, meanwhile, are in King Cup second-round action with a trip to the Borders where they’ll face a Duns side who have struggled for most of this season.

Ormiston, who suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Civil on Wednesday night, will aim to bounce back when they play Tynecastle at Saughton, also in the second round of the King Cup.