Seniors: Strollers will be better prepared

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Ross McNeil faces the task of lifting his team from the bottom of the East of Scotland Premier Division just seven days after his debut in the Civil Service Strollers dugout ended with a 6-0 thrashing.

McNeil’s men were humbled at Whitehill Welfare in the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup last weekend, but the former Craigroyston boss insists his new management team, including assistants Colin Tomassi and Kevin Douglas, will be better-prepared for tomorrow’s top-tier clash at home to Edinburgh University.

“After getting off a flight late on Friday and arriving at Saturday’s game knowing only two or three players, this week I will have had better preparation as Colin, Kevin, and I get to know the players,” said McNeil. “We are bringing in a couple of new faces this week. It’s a hard game for us but one we are looking forward to.”

While Strollers can, with victory, pull to within two points of their opponents, Uni are looking to claim their second victory over Civil this season.

The students’ boss Dorian Ogunro said: “It will be a tough game for us away to Civil Service. Ross will have been working hard to implement his ideas on his team. At Craigroyston, his team played good football and were well organised.

“So I expect a far tougher match against Civil than when we beat them 3-0 earlier in the season.”