Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale boss Raymond Carr was pleased to see his side get some much-needed game-time after Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round trip to East Kilbride was postponed due to snow.
The K-Park pitch failed a 9am pitch inspection on Saturday morning after heavy snow in the area on Friday evening, the problem being further exacerbated by low overnight temperatures. However, both sides will be in the hat for tonight’s fifth round draw, the tie being re-scheduled for Wednesday January 20 with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Instead, the East of Scotland Champions arranged a friendly with Bonnyrigg Rose, whose East Region Super League clash at Broughty Athletic was postponed due to heavy rain. Rose ran out 4-2 winners at Peffermill, but Carr was pleased to see all members of his Lothian squad get a run out in light of the cup cancellation.
“We made eight changes at the break and I thought everyone did really well. The boys were itching to get a game under their belts and Robbie Horn [Bonnrigg manager] was very grateful and complimentary to us afterwards,” said Carr.
“We were level at 2-2 but gave away a penalty that proved to be decisive, but I’m glad we were able to play 90 minutes against good opposition.”
Carr is also pleased his troops will have an East of Scotland League fixture against Heriot-Watt-University on Saturday, before they make the journey to East Kilbride midweek.
“It gives us the time to get a couple of boys back who were carrying knocks and for them to build up their fitness,” he said.
“It’s important that we don’t lose our focus in the meantime, we’re still alive in the cup and we’ll await the draw with interest but it will be business as usual.”