Move to the Juniors pays off for Easthouses Lily

Dave McQueenie
Dave McQueenie
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Easthouses Lily are already benefiting from their move to the Juniors with crowd levels soaring at Mayfield.

Manager David McQueenie revealed that the interest in the club has been incredible with both old and new supporters coming along to watch progress in the South Division since their move from the East of Scotland set-up.

Such has been the attendance levels from their two home games so far against West Calder United and Tranent, that the club has made more money in just two matches than they have over the past two seasons.

“The crowds at the home games have been tremendous,” said McQueenie. “It’s incredible the amount of interest we’ve had with people coming along and it’s great for the players. We’ve had a few old boys that haven’t been to games since the club were last in the Juniors and they’ve started coming back.”

Easthouses opened their campaign with two victories but their 100 per-cent start was wrecked last week with a 2-1 loss against promotion rivals Tranent.

Boss McQueenie felt his side were unlucky to come away without a point, but wasn’t left disheartened by the result and will look to get his side back on the winning trail again at Pumpherston tomorrow.

“It was a good game, very tight and both sides were similar to each other, he said. “I thought a draw would’ve been a fair result in the end. We gave away a couple of cheap goals and missed chance after chance.

“It’s certainly a good start for us getting six points out of nineand you can see the league just now that it’s very tight and I think it will be like that for the rest of the season. Hopefully we can hang in there after Christmas and then anything can happen.

“We are looking forward to tomorrow’s match and we’ll be looking to pick up the three points although we know it’s not going to be easy.”

Elsewhere, Gary Small’s Tranent side will be hoping to build on last week’s victory and make it three wins out of three so far when they host Stoneyburn at Foresters Park.