Leith and Easthouses clash in showdown at top

Dave McQueenie
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The top two teams in the Central Taxis Premier League clash tomorrow as leaders Leith Athletic and Easthouses Lily go head to head at Newbattle Complex.

Leith will be aiming to go six points clear of their nearest challengers and take another significant step towards title success.

Easthouses are on a high after their late win at Civil Service Strollers last weekend and a win over the Meadowbank side tomorrow will put them on level points at the top.

Both sides have netted 51 goals in the Premier League this term, with Lily having conceded eight more goals, but Lily boss Dave McQueenie is not surprised to see both teams’ impressive goal tally in the league.

“Both sides have got very good players and that stat is not surprising,” said McQueenie, “That’s why we are both at the top end of the league, but you’ll take the three points over anything.”

McQueenie is adamant there is a spring in his side’s step following last weekend’s morale-boosting win.

“The result at Civil last week gave everyone a huge boost,” he said. “March was a disappointing month for us and to show the character we did from a goal down speaks volumes of the players.”

“Tomorrow is not a title decider. There’ll still be twists and turns but it’s great to be involved in the race and have something to play for. The pitch at Newbattle is in great condition and a win would give us tremendous confidence for the league run-in.”

Easthouses welcome back Mark Brown, Steve Campbell, David Arthur and Liam Fellinger from suspension, while Keith Murray will be looking to add to his 27 goal tally so far this campaign for Leith.

Athletic handed competitive debuts to Neil Fairnie and Jack Brien last week and both will be in Derek Riddel’s thoughts for tomorrow.

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale can take advantage of any slip-up made by either side at Newbattle if they can defeat Coldstream at Saughton.

Raymond Carr’s side missed the chance to return to second spot on Wednesday after their match at Stirling University was postponed due to bad weather.

Connor McGregor starts his three match suspension tomorrow, with Grant Munro and Kevin Keane both injured.

Craigroyson host Tynecastle with the hosts missing Steven Togneri, while Jamie Devlin is out for Tynecastle and Kyle Fee suspended. Spartans EOS make the trip to Stirling University.

All matches kick off at 3.00pm.

• Spartans EOS’ Premier League clash with Leith Athletic at Ainslie Park has been re-arranged for 7.45pm on Tuesday April 14.

• Heriot-Watt aim to end Peebles’ unbeaten home record

• HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY head coach Chris Smith would love to see his side become the first team to take points off Peebles Rovers at their home ground.

With John O’Hara’s side on course for promotion to the Premier next season and with an 100 per cent record at Whitsone Park, it will be a stiff task for Watt tomorrow.

But after a midweek win over Hawick, Smith says his side deserve praise for their recent run of league wins with key individuals like Elliot Sutherland and Sean Muhsin continuing to bag the goals.

“We’ll be a little short this weekend due to some players having exam leave, but there will be enough in the squad to suggest we can cause Peebles problems,” said Smith.

“It would be great to get a victory down there,”

added Smith. They’ve had a tremendous season and it will be very difficult, but we’re getting the right results.”

Ormiston host Eyemouth United at Recreation Park aiming to consolidate their

second placed position.

Brian Johnston’s only absentee is Kieran Watson, who is suspended.

“It’s great at this stage of the season to have a fully fit squad because we have important games coming up,” said Johnston.

Ormiston kick off at 2.30pm tomorrow, with all other games starting at 3.00pm.