Scottish Cup: Concentration crucial for Lothian skipper

Lothian Thistle HV captain Grant Munro
Lothian Thistle HV captain Grant Munro
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Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale captain Grant Munro believes concentration and focus will be the key for his side ahead of tomorrow’s William Hill Scottish Cup first-round clash with Kelty Hearts at Saughton Enclosure (3.00pm).

Munro trained alongside Stephen Husband when the pair were at Dunfermline, with the Kelty striker scoring 13 goals in 63 appearances for the Pars.

The Lothian skipper knows it’s important the East of Scotland League champions remain compact at the back against a side who knocked out Civil Service Strollers in the preliminary round.

“Concentration and keeping our shape at the back is going to be crucial,” said Munro. “We are playing against a side who have eleven dangermen and I know the ability that guys like Stephen Husband have.

“They have Stuart Cargill and Paul Currie as well who can score goals, but we have Eddie Mearns and Darren Smith, who have experienced Junior football before so we’ll be focused and ready to go for tomorrow.”

Lothian boss Raymond Carr had the Super League champions watched in their 3-1 win over Musselburgh last week which kept them joint top with Bo’ness. But Carr believes patience and composure will also be key factors for his young side if they are to spring an upset.

“We have a young squad who won’t be afraid of the challenge,” said Carr. “It’s all about showing composure in front of goal. We lacked that against Leith last Saturday but the boys came into training buzzing and looking ahead to this game.”