WHITEHILL WELFARE boss Grant Carnie admits his team are heading into the unknown tonight when they take on Cumbernauld Colts in the Ferrari Packaging Lowland League.
The Roswell side will make a piece of Lowland League history when they travel to Broadwood as the Colts’ first-ever opponents at this level following their admission to the league in the summer.
Carnie, pictured inset, revealed it’s been a challenge to prepare for such new opposition. “We’re going into the game not really knowing what they’re all about” he said. “I don’t know anything about them – it was quite hard to get any information on them from pre-season and I haven’t been able to watch them. We’ll go into the game trying to be organised and focus on ourselves.”
Carnie is seeking a reaction to Saturday’s surprise 2-1 home defeat to Threave Rovers.
“We never pitched up on Saturday,” he admitted. “There were no signs of them doing that in pre-season but I think a lot of them were nervous – it’s a brand new team. We only kept four players from last season and playing for Whitehill is a massive thing for some of these young guys. I’m putting it down to a one-off and hopefully we can rectify it tonight.”
Champions Edinburgh City make the short hop to East Peffermill to take on Edinburgh University. Manager Gary Jardine revealed he will rotate his squad due to the hectic August schedule.
“We’ll definitely have to rotate because we’ve got a few injuries” he said. “Jordan Caddow’s on holiday and Ian McFarland could be back next week. We’ve got him a mask [to protect a broken nose] but it doesn’t quite fit just now. Mark Osborne came on against Gretna on Saturday and felt his hamstring but we’ve got Chris McKee back from suspension tonight who’s a big player for us. There are eight games in August – seven in the league and one cup so the whole squad is going to have to be used.”
Spartans, meanwhile, take on Preston Athletic at Ainslie Park. Dougie Samuel’s men left Forthbank on Sunday with a creditable point after Keith Murray’s second half equaliser earned them a 1-1 draw with Stirling University. Colin Jack’s Panners are also looking for their first win of the season after Saturday’s 3-0 home reverse to Gala Fairydean Rovers.