Riddel’s men face Strollers on a high

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All four Central Taxis Premier Division and the one Central Taxis First Division match at Ormiston will be subject to morning pitch inspections due to the wintry weather that has battered most of Scotland this week.

At Meadowbank 3G, league leaders Leith Athletic host Civil Service Strollers as Derek Riddel’s side play their last match before the Christmas break.

Leith have drawn two and lost one of their last three league fixtures, but will be in high festive spirits for tomorrow’s game after their 3-0 Image Printers Cup win at Heriot Watt University last weekend which booked them a semi final berth against either Lowland League leaders Edinburgh City or Coldstream.

Derek Riddel will be missing Gary Black due to a groin injury with Jamie Lauder, Lewis Tracey and Lachlan Thom all expected to return to training after the Festive Period.

Strollers welcome back influential midfielder Dane Robertson to their squad following his suspension as Ross McNeill’s men look to return to winning ways after successive defeats to Heriot Watt University (Image Printers Cup) and Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale (league), coming off the back of an impressive nine match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Easthouses Lily will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the league when they face in form Spartans EOS at Newbattle Complex.

Lily are currently level on 24 points with Leith Athletic at the summit with only goal difference separating the pair, in what has been a tremendous first half of the season for Dave McQueenie’s newly promoted side. Tomorrow they have a full squad to choose from as they welcome back Paul McDermott from suspension, and will be looking for both Craig and Mark Brown to continue their recent goalscoring form.

Spartans EOS have won their last two league fixtures most notably their 5-3 success over Leith Athletic two weeks ago which ended Leith’s unbeaten league run, following that up with a hard fought 2-1 victory at Tynecastle last weekend with Davy Stewart netting both goals.

Likewise, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale have also won their last two league fixtures following an inconsistent spell, and they host Stirling University at Saughton Enclosure tomorrow.

Kevin Twaddle is missing Kevin Keane for at least two months as the left back recovers from a knee operation, whilst midfielder Eddie Mearns is carrying a slight knock. Vale have been buoyed by the return of Scott Moffat to the squad following his three month absence due to a dislocated knee.

Tynecastle face Coldstream in the other league match at Fernieside with Stephen McKenzie reporting no fresh injury concerns.

All matches are scheduled to kick off at 1.30pm with the exception of the Leith v Civil clash which has a 3.00pm kick off.