Errol peril as danger man Douglas opens account in Spartans Derby draw

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Summer signing Errol Douglas opened his Spartans account in Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw against Hibs u/20s at Ainslie Park.

Under the watchful eye of forthcoming Petrofac Training Cup opponents Morton FC gaffer Jim Duffy, Spartans continued their pre-season schedule against a young Hibs side in a sun-soaked Pilton.

Spartans Manager Dougie Samuel continued to utilise his squad as the build up to the Lowland League season continues.

The home side got off to the best of starts in the 12th minute when new signing Errol Douglas powered home his first goal for his new club since moving from Stenhousemuir in the close season.  The big striker promises to be a handful for defenders across the Lowland League this year and his aerial threat saw him pounce to head home past Sean Brennan in the Hibs goal.

At the other end, Spartans keeper Kevin Swain had to be on his guard as he got down low to deny Neil Martnuik from equalising for the Easter Road side.

The low and surprisingly warm evening sun posed a problem for both the players and the healthy crowd in the Ainslie Park stand and there was a welcome relief when the Referee blew for half-time.

HT: Spartans 1-0 Hibs u/20s

Kevin Motion replaced Sean Muhsin at the interval and within moments of the restart, Michael Herd was unlucky not to break his Spartans duck however Brennan was equal to the task.

Further changes for the home team were made on the hour as Samuel brought on Jack Beesley and George Hunter who replaced Bremner and goal scorer Douglas.

A mix-up in the box between Scott Martin and Callum Crane let Spartans off the hook as Hibs looked to press for an equaliser.  Gareth McCaffrey’s perfectly weighted cross saw both players attack the same ball, with Martin’s header subsequently going wide.

With 20 minutes to go, Spartans made their final change, Donal Henretty replacing the hard-working Michael Herd.

Then, with just three minutes left on the clock, up stepped Jordan Sinclair – who celebrated his 18th birthday last week – to unleash a long range effort that seemed to move wickedly in mid-flight before evading the despairing reaches of Spartans’ Swain.

The icing on the cake for the youngster and with that, he earned his young Hibs side a 1-1 draw in a highly entertaining game.

Full Time: Spartans 1-1 Hibs u/20s

Goal scorer Errol Douglas said after the game, “To be fair, it was great just to get my account up and running.  It’s always tough being a striker waiting for your first goal but I’m delighted to have found the net early.

“Great play by Grinchy (Craig Stevenson) to get the ball out to Gary (Cennerazzo) and he done well to get the cross in and I found myself in enough space to put my head on it.

Wednesday night’s game was Spartans third in 5 days.  Douglas was pleased on how things were progressing for him and team mates at his new Club.

“2 games in 2 days at the weekend was a tough gig but the gaffer is playing it sensibly with the squad rotation and it’s all about fitness at this stage.  Hopefully in a week and a half’s time, we’ll be up and running to a good pace to give Morton a fright in the Petrofac Training Cup.”

Spartans: Swain, O’Donnell, Cennerazzo, Sivewright, Bruce, Stevenson, Muhsin (Motion 45), Grant, Bremner (Beesley 60), Herd (Henretty 70), Douglas (Hunter 60).  Subs (Not Used): Gilpin

Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 20th April
Opponent: Bonnyrigg Rose
Venue:New Dundas Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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