Frustrated Whitehill Welfare manager Mickey Lawson is desperate to see his side come out of cold storage for tomorrow’s South Challenge Cup second-round tie at Ormiston.
A succession of postponements has meant the Rosewell side have haven’t kicked a competitive ball since their 2-1 home defeat by Dalbeattie Star on November 1. After their league game with BSC Glasgow was called off on November 8, the cup clash with Ormiston has fallen victim to the elements on each of the last two weekends.
Lawson revealed that Whitehill’s Ferguson Park is on standby in case the East Lothian side’s pitch is deemed unplayable again. “Having no game on a Saturday is a bummer,” he said. “Having no game for three Saturdays in a row on the back of a home defeat is about as bad as it gets for players and management. Fingers crossed it’s playable this weekend but as cover we’ll make sure Ferguson Park is ready to take any change of venue.”
The extra weekend off may prove to be a blessing for Welfare, with Andrew Kidd and Ryan McKenzie having both been doubtful the previous week through illness. John Ross Kerr’s back injury is being monitored.
Edinburgh City have the opportunity to increase their lead at the top of the Lowland League when they welcome Threave Rovers to Meadowbank. With second-place Spartans on Scottish Cup duty tomorrow, Gary Jardine’s team can increase their cushion to ten points. Shaun Harrison made a successful comeback from a broken foot in the win over Gala although Jaxon Wishart is unlikely to be fit.
Edinburgh University will look to put daylight between themselves and bottom club Preston Athletic when they meet at Peffermill. The students are currently seven points ahead of the East Lothian club.