Colin Tomassi knows his new Spartans EOS side are not going to win 7-2 every week but they did just that at the weekend.
Edinburgh outfit cruised to victory over Borders team Duns in League Cup Qualifying Group C with a resounding win at Ainslie Park.
Blair Atkinson – a star of Spartans Under 20s’ league winning side last season – netted a hat-trick with player coach Chris Anderson scoring a double, substitute Andy Howatt and former Spartans Lowland League player Danny O’Donnell registering on his return to the club.
Although Duns were reduced to nine players towards the end, Tomassi believes his players deserved more credit for a better second-half display after going in 2-1 at the break.
“We upped our rhythm at the start of the second half although when they went down to ten men before half-time it gave us the lift we needed,” said Tomassi who combined youth with experience in his starting XI. “We’re not going to win by that margin every week but with the emphasis very much on developing some of the younger players for The Lowland League, this was a great start for them and I felt we deserved it based on our chances.”
In Group D, holders Leith Athletic were 3-1 winners against Coldstream at Home Park. Scott Wilson netted a debut goal for Athletic in the Borders, with Robbie Mason scoring a penalty and Lewis Martin also on target.
In the other Group D match, Heriot-Watt lost 4-3 to Ormiston at Recreation Park. Harry Warner scored an impressive hat-trick for the students but goals from Johnny Edmond (2), Mikey Hamilton and George Cunningham secured victory.
Tonight, Heriot-Watt face Leith Athletic at Meadowbank (7.45pm kick-off) while Ormiston travel to Coldstream (7.15pm kick-off) in Group D.
Tomorrow, Spartans EOS travel to Stirling University in Group C (7.45pm kick-off).
• IAN LITTLE has been appointed the new manager of Heriot-Watt University.
The former Berwick Rangers and Meadowbank Thistle player will take up his position with immediate effect, succeeding Chris Smith who departed during the close season.