New Craigroyston boss has eyes on the cup

Jamie Burrell was dismayed by the indiscipline shown by his Craigroyston team
Jamie Burrell was dismayed by the indiscipline shown by his Craigroyston team
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New Craigroyston manager Jamie Burrell has the chance to lead his side into the final of the King Cup tomorrow when they travel to First Division leaders Peebles Rovers (3pm).

Burrell returns to his former club as manager having departed St Mark’s Park four years ago, and having gained experience as assistant manager at Vale of Leithen and Bonnyrigg Rose.

He was offered the post following Grant Carnie’s departure to Whitehill Welfare last week, and though he is looking forward to the prospect of a potential final, he insists the priority, like his predecessor, is to keep the club in the Central Taxis Premier next season.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s game but the priority for me is to ensure we stay up,” said Burrell.

“We have two league games left against Stirling and Easthouses which are very important for us. One win from either of those games could potentially make us safe, although Stirling have a game in hand.”

Peebles Rovers’ 21-match unbeaten league run came to an end on Wednesday with a 2-1 defeat to Ormiston, but Burrell said he would not be underestimating the Borders side.

Spartans EOS face Leith Athletic (3pm) for the third time in the space of 12 days in the other semi-final at Ainslie Park tomorrow.

Alex Cunningham’s Spartans were 3-1 victors at Stirling University on Wednesday night thanks to goals from Barrie Milvern, Craig Stevenson and a Jack Beasley penalty. Spartans are looking to put the disappointment of last weekend’s League Cup Final to Leith behind them, while Leith have the chance to reach their third final of the East of Scotland season.