Leith Athletic aim to scalp Cumbernauld Colts

Leith Athletic coach Derek Riddel
Leith Athletic coach Derek Riddel
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Leith Athletic travel to Broadwood Stadium tonight to face Lowland League Cumbernauld Colts in the second round of The South East Challenge Cup (7.45pm kick-off).

Athletic have suffered only two competitive defeats from 17 matches in all competitions so far, one of those defeats coming to another Lowland League outfit, Gala Fairydean Rovers, in a 4-3 reverse in the Football Nation Qualifying Cup back in August.

But since then Athletic have been in pole position at the top of The East of Scotland League with only one defeat coming at the hands of Spartans EoS. The Leithers have a nine-point advantage at the top with a superior goal difference.

They face a Colts side who were admitted into the Lowland League during the summer. They have already knocked Junior giants Auchinleck Talbot out of The Scottish Cup and sit seventh in the Lowland table.

Athletic will be looking to go further in the competition this season after a first round defeat to Coldstream last year.

Tomorrow, Tynecastle travel to Vale of Leithen in the first round of the competition. The winners were due to play Kelso United in the second round but following Kelso’s resignation from the league, tomorrow’s winners will receive a bye into the third round. Stevie Vinter’s only absentees are Chris Joyce, Robbie McIntyre and Scott Coleman who has a minor injury (1.30pm kick-off).

Civil Service Strollers meet Garry O’Connor’s Selkirk at Yarrow Park. Alex Cunningham’s side can take confidence from their recent win over Whitehill Welfare in the Qualifying Cup (2.00pm kick-off).