Sammy looks to squad depth as his passport for Border control

Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013

Spartans head to the Borders on their latest Scottish Sun Lowland League road-trip to take on Vale of Leithen.

A Kevin Motion penalty helped Spartans to a draw when the sides met at the Academy earlier in the season as the Lowland League kicked off in earnest.

Since then, Vale have had a mixed bag of fortune, with just the one win in their last six outings however Keith Lough remains a danger up front for the Innerleithen side.

For Spartans, they go into the game sitting top however the chasing pack are hot on their tail, eager to capitalise on any slip ups on the way. With five points separating the Top 5 teams and a varying degree of games played, the Lowland League is setting out to provide one of the tightest finishes seen in Scottish football for some time.

Spartans Manager Dougie Samuel is keen to build on last week’s 4-0 win v Preston Athletic however he’s wary of the threat the Borders side poses.

“This weekend we face Vale of Leithen, in our latest tough test on the road. Memories of our earlier encounter when honours were even remain fresh in our mind. To win at Innerleithen we will need to be at our very best against a side packed with goal scorers.

“On the player front, John Grant and Robbie Ross are both free from suspension, however, several of our players picked up knocks last Saturday and won’t make it, joining Sean Muhsin on the sidelines.”

Kick-off is at the earlier time of 2pm. Directions to Victoria Park can be found here

Next Fixture

Date: 23/07/24
Opponent: Forfar Athletic
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: Premier Sports Cup
Kick off: 7.45pm

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