Edinburgh City midfielder John Dunn wants his team to re-establish its healthy lead at the top of the Lowland League when they return to league action against Whitehill Welfare tomorrow.
Both sides have seen their league campaigns disrupted due to a combination of cup fixtures and postponements and they’ll have their fingers crossed that this weekend’s clash beats the big freeze.
Dunn was back amongst the goals last weekend as City eased past Coldstream in the Image Printers Cup, but he says three points are more important than personal glory in the game at Ferguson Park.
While the Meadowbank side are still sitting pretty atop the league, Dunn is keen that they kick-on and take full advantage of their strong position. Gretna have been consistently winning while City have been idle and reduced the gap to two points, albeit having played four more.
“It was good to play on Saturday after having a few called off recently,” said the former Craigroyston man. “We’ve still been training hard but it’s always better to get a game.
“I’ve noticed that Gretna have won a lot recently.
“They’re one of the few teams that haven’t had many postponements. We do have games in hand but that’s all they are – there’s still plenty of games left to play. I think we’ve got about ten or 11 league matches left, so we’re not getting carried away. It would be good to get the game played on Saturday and get some momentum going again.
“It [still being top] shows how well we started in the league. It’s taken Gretna going on a huge unbeaten run to catch up with us. Thankfully, the good work we did earlier in the season has given us something of a cushion, but we’re only half-way there with the second part of the season still to go. Hopefully, we can keep it going.”
Whitehill, along with Stirling University, are only the sides to have taken league points from City this season. The pair drew a blank at Meadowbank on league business back in September, while December’s League Cup encounter at the same venue produced a 1-1 draw. Dunn missed the first meeting and opened the scoring in the second, and is anticipating another close contest.
“It’s a big game against Whitehill. They’ve had quite a few games cancelled recently as well. We’re looking to consolidate and we’re looking forward to it – I’m sure everyone in their squad is as well.
“I think it’ll probably be another tight game. They’re a team who are always well-organised and hard to beat. I didn’t play in the first league game but the second one last month was tight.
“I thought we played well in spells and missed a few chances and hopefully if we put in a similar performance and take our chances, we can get a better result.”
Striker Ross Allum tops the scoring charts for Gary Jardine’s outfit, but Dunn has chipped in with an impressive nine himself after notching the fourth and final goal against Coldstream last weekend.
The 27-year-old has also developed the welcome habit of scoring in big games, with strikes against tomorrow’s opponents, Brora Rangers and Spartans (twice) to his name. Whilst satisfied with his goalscoring contribution thus far, continuing to pick up points remains the priority.
“Certainly recently – albeit with a few games being cancelled – I’ve managed to chip in with a few goals in the last few games. It doesn’t really matter who’s scoring as long as the team wins. From a personal point of view, it’s just good to get back on the pitch again”