Heriot’s target win to secure play-off berth

Heriot's coach Phil Smith
Heriot's coach Phil Smith
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Champions Heriot’s go into tomorrow’s final fixture of the regular BT Premiership programme knowing that a win over Stirling County at Goldenacre (kick-off 2.30pm) will cement a top-four finish and a place in the play-offs.

And, depending on events elsewhere, it could be enough to secure home advantage in the head-to-head phase.

“The stop-start nature of the season at the moment will hopefully not affect what promises to be a tasty fixture,” said coach Phil Smith.

The fate of Heriot’s could hinge on the outcome of the clash at Malleny Park (2pm) between Currie, who occupy second spot, and Gala, who are battling to escape the relegation play-off. A win for in-form Currie will ensure a home match in the knockout stages.

Elsewhere, Watsonians can take a massive stride towards gaining the single automatic promotion spot from BT National Division One by posting a win away to their nearest challengers Marr that would extend the Myreside men’s lead into double figures with five games to play.

Edinburgh Accies are on the road to face Aberdeen Grammar and Stewart’s Melville will be targeting a win at GHA to move them closer to safety.

Division Three promotion hopefuls Haddington face a long day as they travel to play Orkney. Players and supporters will leave Neilson Park by bus at 6.30am and will fly from Glasgow Airport for a match where a win would keep the East Lothian side in second spot.

RHC Cougars will be looking to build on a good cup result when they travel to meet bottom side Irvine.

Boroughmuir will launch the defence of the BT Cup with a repeat of last year’s final against Hawick. The tie at Meggetland kicks off at 2.30pm with the winners facing Melrose in the next round.