EoS Prem: Lothian aim to seize second

Ross Gilpin will continue in goal for Spartans
Ross Gilpin will continue in goal for Spartans
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Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale manager Raymond Carr takes charge of his first home match at Saughton tomorrow when Spartans EOS visit in the Central Taxis Premier.

Victory for Lothian would propel them into second place above Easthouses Lily, who have a free weekend, and keep the race for the Premier League title very much alive.

Lothian have eight league games left to play with six of those at home, but Carr is refusing to set a points target

“We are not looking too far ahead in terms of points,” he said. “There will be plenty twists and turns before the season ends. Home advantage is certainly a help for us in our remaining games, but at the moment it is in Leith’s hands and they have done well to be where they are.”

Hutchie have no injury or suspension concerns for tomorrow’s game, while Spartans EOS’s only absentee will be Kyle Hogg, with Ross Gilpin set to continue in goal following a recent loan spell at Preston Athletic.

Alex Cunningham’s side will head into the game on a high after their League Cup semi-final win last weekend, with the final against Leith Athletic expected to take place at St Marks Park on 26 April.

Leith can take a significant step towards title glory tomorrow – a victory over Craigroyston at Meadowbank could put them eight points clear at the top depending on other results.

With youngsters James Hainey and Sean Melvin continuing to impress, Derek Riddel’s high-fliers are aiming for a seventh straight victory.

Craigroyston manager Grant Carnie says his side will show no fear as they aim to stave off the threat of relegation.

“We’ll go there with a game plan, we’ll try to get in their faces and make it hard for them and the fact that we beat them in January shows we have the players who can do it,” he said.

Craigroyston’s King Cup match with Stirling University, which has been postponed twice due to heavy rain, will take place at Gannochy Complex next Wednesday at 7.45pm.

In tomorrow’s other fixtures, Civil Service Strollers travel to Coldstream, while in-form Tynecastle are at Stirling University looking to record a third straight win. All matches kick off at 3pm.