Grant Carnie hopes his Whitehill Welfare players can respond to last weekend’s William Hill Scottish Cup second round replay defeat by Wick Academy in tomorrow’s distinctly more local encounter with Preston Athletic.
Welfare host the Panners who have won three and lost two this term and could go third with a win if Spartans lose at Edinburgh City.
But Whitehill will have to improve on their home record having won just three points at Ferguson Park all season.
“We were never going to win the Scottish Cup but it would have been good for us to put a good performance in at home,” said Carnie.
“Our home form’s just not great – we’ve won one game. We suck it up and make sure we’re ready for Preston. We’re back to the league campaign now and we have to be ready for that – good teams with good players. We forget about what’s happened in the Scottish Cup and go and get another win. That’s all we can do.”
John Williams came off the bench last week after being out injured, although Kevin Keane is still nursing a hamstring complaint. Elsewhere there’s a student derby as Edinburgh University welcome their Stirling counterparts to East Peffermill.