Edinburgh City boss Gary Jardine wants a response from his players when they take on Stirling University at Forthbank tomorrow.
The champions suffered their first home Ferrari Packaging Lowland League defeat in more than a year last weekend, losing 4-1 to Whitehill Welfare, but Jardine believes such a result underlines the task City face in retaining their crown.
“When you win a title, teams will look to get one over you,” he said. “Everyone wants to beat the team at the top and when you count the more games you win, the more difficult the opponent. This league is very competitive from top to bottom. There’s no team that’s going to be adrift like last year and every game you need to be at your best.”
Whitehill Welfare are still seeking their first home victory under Grant Carnie following Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat by Edinburgh Uni. They play Dalbeattie Star tomorrow, but midfielder Tony Muir is a doubt after limping out of the midweek loss with a knee injury. Preston Athletic have a free week to regroup following their 5-1 defeat by Stirling Uni.