Edinburgh City face BSC Glasgow tonight just days after their shock 5-0 defeat in the South Challenge Cup on Saturday and boss Gary Jardine believes it is the prospect of the upcoming play-off with Brora Rangers rather than any thoughts of revenge that will keep his players motivated.
A win would see City qualify from Central Section Group B along with Spartans and, while the weekend’s result will be fresh in their minds, Jardine believes a good run of form from now until the first play-off match at Meadowbank on April 25 will give his team the best chance.
“It’ll keep them sharp” he said. “We had the semi-final on Saturday and now there’s five more weeks of the season and we certainly need to improve and keep trying to get better than we’ve already been.”
Whitehill are also looking to respond to semi-final disappointment after their 1-0 loss to Civil Service Strollers when they play Selkirk at Ferguson Park on league duty. John Hall, Wayne Sproule and Wayne McIntosh all return from bans for Mickey Lawson’s team.
Spartans travel south to Vale of Leithen for their first competitive game since their 1-1 draw away to Selkirk on Ground Hop weekend last month. Dougie Samuel’s team are currently seventh in the Lowland League, although a win would move them up to fourth, five points off East Kilbride in second place with three games to play.