Spartans seek Capital boost for Welfare support in ‘must-win’ Cup clash

Posted on Friday, December 27th, 2013

Spartans look for bouncebackability after last weekend’s narrow defeat against Stirling University when they take on Whitehill Welfare in what is a ‘must win’ clash for both sides in the Lowland League Cup group stages.

With the Premiership not in action until Sunday, it’s the Match of the Day in the Capital and as ever, a warm welcome is extended to all supporters keen to avoid the High Street sales stramash and searching for an extra football fix.

After an impressive 1-3 victory in the opening Group stage tie at a wet and windy Meadowbank, Spartans were blown over by the Students in similar conditions last week at Ainslie Park, with a soft second half penalty decision pivotal in the 3-4 defeat.

With more wintery weather forecast, the home fans will certainly be keen for a Cloudy shower or two – the type that rains goals.  The Spartans striker has now scored in ten consecutive games, overtaking his final tally for the whole of last season before Christmas.

Christmas cards of a different kind may have hampered Mickey Lawson’s preparation for tomorrow’s with just 9 men seeing out the 90 minutes of last week’s 1-0 defeat, which sees Welfare rooted to the foot of the Group.  The former Spartans gaffer will be hoping his men have finished their season of goodwill for this year’s festive period and get back to winning ways.

Dougie Samuel rung the changes last weekend utilising his extensive squad that has served him well this season so far and he’ll be keen to get back to winning ways whilst hoping for a favourable result across the Capital at the Commonwealth Stadium when Edinburgh City take on Stirling Uni in the other Section B tie.

It’s the third meeting between the sides this season so far.  Spartans run out 2-0 winners in the Lowland League clash in September, with former Welfare hero Alan Brown getting in on the goals.  It was a tighter affair when the sides met in the South Challenge Cup last month, a Danny Main double and a late winner from Keith McLeod meaning there will be a new name on that particular trophy this season.

Finally, off the pitch it’s been a good month for Welfare who recently gained their entry level SFA Licence.  We know how much work goes in to this and congratulate the men from Midlothian on their efforts.

Kick off at the Academy is at 3pm.  Adults £5, Concessions £3.  Under 12’s FREE.

Next Fixture

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

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