Easthouses have ‘nothing to fear’ in City clash

Easthouses boss Dave McQueenie
Easthouses boss Dave McQueenie
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EASTHOUSES LILY manager Dave McQueenie believes his side have nothing to fear heading into tomorrow’s South Region Challenge Cup match with Lowland League leaders Edinburgh City.

Lily defeated reigning league champions Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale last weekend in the Central Taxis Premier Division to move up to second in the table, albeit six points behind high-flying Leith Athletic.

The Newbattle Complex outfit have already exited the Alex Jack and East of Scotland Qualifying Cups in recent weeks with defeats to Peebles Rovers and Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale respectively, but McQueenie believes his newly-promoted side have already shown the strength of character so far this campaign against bigger opposition.

“Tomorrow’s game is the type of game we all want to be involved in. We’ve shown already this season that we can compete with the best the Premier League has to offer, so there’s no reason for us to fear Edinburgh City.”

“Gary [Jardine] has got them flying at the moment in the Lowland League and has added some real quality to his team across all areas of the park. But ,with having home advantage, we are genuinely confident of getting a result against them even though we know we are big underdogs.”

McQueenie’s only absentees for tomorrow’s clash are forward John Hunter, who has a back injury, and defender Ross McManus, who misses out due to work commitments.

Leith Athletic travel to fellow Premier League side Coldstream tomorrow with the hosts having just appointed Stephen Gibbard as their new manager following the departure of Neil Oliver.

Athletic manager Derek Riddel could be set to rotate his squad for the first-round clash at Home Park, with the Alex Jack Cup final against Peebles Rovers on the horizon.

“Tomorrow will probably give me the opportunity to give some of the players who have maybe come off the bench in recent weeks, a place in the starting eleven,” Riddel explained. “It’s still a big game for us because we can’t underestimate Coldstream, but rotation is a good thing to give everyone a chance of being in contention for the final coming up as well.”

Craigroyston welcome Vale of Leithen to St Marks Park with Craigie manager Gary Aitchison missing Gerry Burgess, Craig Dickson and Jamie Anderson following their red cards against Civil Service Strollers last week, but Michael Somerville and Greig Tully should return to the side.

Heriot-Watt travel to Gala Fairydean Rovers for their first-round match.