Spartans aim to pass the test at Stirling University

Stirling always pose a test for Spartans
Stirling always pose a test for Spartans
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Spartans EOS travel to Gannochy Complex in Perth tonight to face Stirling University in The Central Taxis Premier League (7.30pm kick off).

Alex Cunningham’s side will be looking to bounce back from their late defeat to Coldstream at Home Park last weekend when two goals in the last ten minutes denied them victory against the Border side after Davey Stewart had opened the scoring in the first half.

Spartans triumphed 5-0 against Stirling in the league curtain-raiser back in August at Ainslie Park, although the students got revenge at the beginning of November with a 3-1 victory.

The two sides have already had three scheduled league meetings postponed this season, the last two due to the wintry weather.

Victory for Stirling tonight would take them level with the Capital side on 17 points, whilst a win for Spartans would see them record just their second away win of the season in what has largely been an inconsistent run of recent results.

In tomorrow’s fixtures, Leith Athletic have the chance to go four points clear at the top of the league when they travel to local rivals Craigroyston.

Stephen Glynn is suspended for Derek Riddel’s side with Robbie Mason likely to miss out after limping off during last weekend’s 2-0 victory at Tynecastle with a knee injury. Lachlan Thom is also a doubt. Jamie Lauder has resumed full training and is contention for tomorrow’s game.

Craigroyston will be looking to build on their hard fought 1-1 draw against Civil Service Strollers last weekend in what will be a stiff task for the St Mark’s Park side against the leaders, with interim manager Paul Cavanagh still running the rule over a couple of trialists he has brought on board.

Elsewhere, Civil Service Strollers travel to Coldstream with Ross McNeil able to welcome back Kieran McGachie to his squad having missed last weekend’s match at Craigroyston due to work commitments.

Dayne Robertson and Ross McWilliams serve the last game of their two match suspension, whilst Mark Hendrie is unavailable for the trip to the Borders.

Easthouses host Tynecastle at Newbattle Complex with Lily hoping to return to competitive action for the first time since December 6 due to the recent poor weather.

“It’s been so frustrating for all the players. All you can do is keep the fitness levels up, play a couple of bounce games which we have managed to do, and keep your fingers crossed that the pitches will thaw out,” said Lily boss Dave McQueenie.

Lily are missing David Scott for tomorrow’s game due to injury with Paul McDermott still suspended. The visitors will be without Gavin McCarthy.

Tomorrow’s matches are all due to kick-off at 2.00pm.