Spartans travel to Gretna 2008 tomorrow and manager Dougie Samuel will be hoping young striker Aaron Murrell can continue his impressive form.
The teenager has netted two braces in three games including last week’s double at home to Whitehill Welfare, but his manager is quick to remind onlookers that he’s very much a player still developing.
“I think his all-round game could have been better on Saturday but he’s a young boy just learning his craft,” said Samuel.
“His two finishes were fantastic – he doesn’t panic and more often than not he’ll pick the right finish. His technique for his first goal in particular was superb.”
Last week’s 3-2 win came at a cost as Dean Horribine was forced off with an ankle injury in the second half, leaving Ainslie Park on crutches. An x-ray revealed the former Berwick Rangers man damaged ankle ligaments and he will be out for several weeks.
Elsewhere, Edinburgh University will hope their cup form carries into tomorrow’s home game with Threave Rovers as they seek their first points of the season following a 5-1 demolition of Duns in the East of Scotland Qualifying cup last Saturday. Preston Athletic host BSC Glasgow at the Pennypit.