Leith Athletic get back to business with Craigroyston clash

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The East of Scotland League resumes this weekend following the festive break with Leith Athletic looking to consolidate their hold on pole position.

They welcome Craigroyston to Meadowbank 3G (3pm kick-off) following friendly wins over Preston Athletic, Dunipace Juniors and Haddington Athletic over the Christmas period. The good news continued with Kenny Hall returning from a long injury lay-off.

Craigroyston can take heart from their display against Leith in the Alex Jack Cup semi-final in October, but manager Andy Brown will know the importance of starting the new year with a win, with the St Mark’s Park club currently sitting in 12th place, having only managed to play one competitive fixture last month against Peebles Rovers.

Civil Service Strollers and Spartans meet at Christie Gillies Park tomorrow, with Spartans having been deducted three points for having fielded an ineligible player against the same opposition this season.

Tynecastle’s clash with Hawick Royal Albert has been switched to Riccarton 3G (11.45am kick-off), with Saughton Enclosure unplayable. Tynecastle manager Steve Vinter said: “Over the last seven matches, if you were to take points per game, we’d be sitting top of the league, so the boys are ready to go for the second half of the season. We have a big January with Civil Service Strollers and Spartans coming up.” Tynie beat Lowland League Gala Fairydean Rovers 7-4 over the Christmas period.

Heriot-Watt University will take on Stirling University at the same venue (2.30pm kick-off), while Ormiston travel to Burntisland Shipyard with Brian Johnston’s side looking to make it six matches undefeated in all competitions. All other matches kick-off at 2pm.