Spartans boss targets steady progress at club

Dougie Samuel
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Spartans manager Dougie Samuel says his focus is on improving on last year as they prepare to face Hawick Royal Albert in the Football Nation East of Scotland Qualifying cup second round tomorrow.

The Ainslie Park club went out of the Scottish Cup after Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Elgin City and, with a gap opened up between them and Lowland League leaders Edinburgh City, Samuel isn’t setting any specific goals, publicly at least.

“Our focus is in trying to improve and trying to get better,” he said.

“I would like to think we’ll get closer this year but that’s 12 points now, which as this stage is a huge gap to make up. We’ll just try and win as many points as we can.”

Elsewhere, Edinburgh University are also looking to respond to exiting the Scottish Cup in their Ferrari Packaging Lowland League fixture away to Gala Fairydean Rovers.

The Students went down 2-1 at Inverurie Loco Works last weekend, and currently sit second bottom of the table.

With games in hand on the two teams directly above them however, three points would allow Dorian Ogunro’s side to start climbing back up the division and give them a platform to build on.