LOTHIAN Thistle Hutchison Vale coach Fraser Ogilvie insists none of his players are looking beyond tomorrow’s Scottish Cup replay against Girvan at Hamilton Park – with a first-round tie against Kelty Hearts awaiting the winners.
The East of Scotland League champions drew 2-2 in their second preliminary round clash last weekend with two goals by striker Dean Cummings cancelled out by efforts from the Ayrshire District outfit’s Robert Patterson and Paul Cameron. Ogilive says nobody at the club has even thought about the prospect of facing the East Region Super League winners, insisting full focus is on achieving a result against Girvan.
“The draw was on Tuesday and I’ve attended Scottish Cup draws in the past, but I didn’t go to this one because we’re not in the next round and out of respect for Girvan as well,” said Ogilvie. “We were frustrated after last weekend because, although we could maybe have played better over the ninety minutes, we had a few chances late on to win the game even after Dean got sent off.
“The effort and application of the boys was tremendous. We found it tough going at the start of the second half as they had a good physical presence about them.”
Ogilvie knows the Saughton Enclosure side will be raring to go for tomorrow’s trip, as they look to book a clash with Kelty at Saughton on September 26.
“We said after last weekend that the most important thing was to still be in the cup and we’re in with a chance,” added Ogilvie. I don’t know what their park is like or if they might make a few changes, but I know we have players in the squad who are developing and improving all the time.
“It would be a great achievement not only for the players but also for guys like (manager) Raymond Carr and (chairman) Tom Allison, who put in so much effort behind the scenes”
Cummings is suspended for tomorrow’s replay, but Jack Cook and Richie Wilkes have returned to full fitness with Lothian also boosted by the return of Kevin Browne from suspension.