Lothian are Lowland League team,says City boss

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Edinburgh City boss Gary Jardine believes his team are facing a Ferrari Packaging Lowland League side in all but name tomorrow in Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.

Lothian will meet their Lowland counterparts at the second attempt after last week’s South Challenge Cup second round tie was rained off. The tie has been moved to City’s Meadownbank Stadium (kick-off 3pm), but Jardine is expecting a stern test.

“They’re the Champions of the East of Scotland, and it’s only due to the criteria you need to get into the Lowland League that they’re not in the same league as us,” he said. “Looking at the quality of player that they have, they certainly wouldn’t be in the lower reaches of our league. They’ve got a good bit of experience with some good young players. It’ll probably be one of our most difficult games of the season so far.”

Both sides were keen to get the game on after an enforced two week rest, hence the switch to City’s home ground. “Both teams will be desperate to get a game – certainly us before we get the league campaign back under way and Lothian before their Scottish Cup game [away to Huntly],” added Jardine

Whitehill Welfare will also hope the weather is kinder to the Ferguson Park playing surface, having had games against Spartans and their own cup tie against Duns – rescheduled for tomorrow – cancelled on successive weekends.

Spartans again reap the benefits of an artificial pitch when they host Threave Rovers in the league.