Goals are flying in but Lothian must stay grounded

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale manager Raymond Carr
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale manager Raymond Carr
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Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale manager Raymond Carr has admitted he still has a hard time trying to keep his players’ feet on the ground despite them scoring 13 goals in their first two East of Scotland fixtures.

Lothian followed up last Saturday’s 6-0 derby win over Tynecastle with a 7-0 trouncing of nine-man Craigroyston at Saughton on Wednesday night to go to the summit of the table.

But Carr admits it can be hard to keep emotions under control even when results are going your way.

“It got to a stage the other night where everyone in the team was wanting to have a shot at goal after it went to 4-0, and whilst you can understand that, you have to respect the opposition as well” said Carr.

“We’ve got a very young squad at Lothian and it’s all about keeping them grounded, Willis Hare, Darren Smith, Scott Moffat and Dean Cummings to name but a few are excellent players, but they don’t know everything yet and some of them know they can play better.”

“The Tynecastle result and the Craigroyston results were great but they have to be put into context, it’s the start of the season and if you are on the receiving end of those results it can be a good learning curve as well, that’s what I said to Steve Vinter at Tynecastle last week.”

Tomorrow Lothian travel to Heriot-Watt with Ian Little looking to build on a midweek win over Eyemouth United.

“We are missing a couple of bodies for tomorrow but it’s going to be a good test against the league champions,” said Little with Liam Walker and Chris Donnelly both looking to add to their midweek goals.

In tomorrow’s other fixtures, Leith Athletic host Stirling University at Meadowbank hoping to make it three wins out of three.

Civil Service Strollers host Ormiston at Christie Gillies Park with Alex Cunningham keen to erase the disappointment of last weekend’s 3-1 defeat by former club Spartans EOS.

“The occasion maybe got to some of the boys last week but I’m not concerned, we are playing really well and you can’t panic after one league match.”

Craigryoston travel to Hawick Royal Albert with Andy Brown missing Steven Moncur and Connor Kane who were both red-carded in the heavy defeat against Lothian in midweek.

“It’s not ideal having a lot of bodies out but within the next two weeks, we should have six to seven first team players back,” said Brown.

“Although it’s been a tough start with the heavy defeats to Leith and Lothian, we are still learning as a new team and i’m confident we’ll come through it stronger.”

All tomorrow’s matches kick off at 2.30pm.