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EOS: Ferry Road derby day as Spartans welcome Craigroyston

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Spartans look to keep the pressure on table toppers Leith Athletic when they welcome near neighbours Craigroyston to Ainslie Park on Saturday in the Central Taxis East of Scotland League.

Despite their 10th placed position in the league, Manager Colin Tomassi knows the dangers the St Marks Park side can cause, “I look forward to welcoming the Craigroyston management and players and I know personally how hard their committee work. However, sentiment won’t be an issue as we need to build on last week good result away to Peebles.

“It will be a tough challenge as Craigy have some excellent experienced players.  Our lads have worked hard during the week in preparation of the game and I hope we play well and get the result.”

Player availability this weekend sees Tomassi’s task to secure another vital three points a tougher one with Geri Rossi and Danny O’Donnell out injured, Ian Thomson and Mark Gair on business, Ewan Sanderson remains on Lowland League duty whilst young Sean Stewart celebrates his birthday in Paris.

There’s a welcome return to the side after injury for Kai Wilson whilst there are opportunities for some of the under 20s side to join the squad.

The match at Ainslie Park kicks-off at 3pm.

Back-to-back wins gives Tomassi belief ahead of derby v Leith

Friday, October 16th, 2015

It’s the Central Taxis East of Scotland League’s Match of the Day on Saturday when Colin Tomassi’s side take on Leith Athletic at Ainslie Park (3pm KO).

Spartans head into the local derby buoyed by back-t0-back wins against Eyemouth and Burntisland whilst the visitors make the short trip across town looking to extend their eight match unbeaten start to the campaign.

It will be the toughest test for Tomassi so far this season however the gaffer, in his first season at the helm, knows his side will need to bring their ‘A-game’ to the table come kick-off. “I’m looking forward to game on Saturday and it will be a big challenge for us as Leith are clearly showing to be the best team in the EOS at this time.

“We have also started reasonably well but the players are aware we have to be at our very best to get a result. Again we are a few players short and will have to rely on our young players and support from the u/20s squad.

“It will be a great learning curve and I hope all the players do themselves justice and show that they can compete at the top end of the table.”

With a full South Challenge Cup Round 1 fixture card, there’s only one other game in the EOS League where Civil Service Strollers take on Stirling University.

P W D L F A  GD PTS
1 Leith Athletic 8 8 0 0 34 5 29 24
2 Peebles Rovers 9 5 1 3 22 19 3 16
3 Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 6 5 0 1 25 10 15 15
4 Spartans 7 5 0 2 20 14 6 15

EOS: Form suggests goals a guarantee as Spartans head to Ormiston

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Colin Tomassi takes his side down the A1 on Saturday afternoon for a tricky trip away to Ormiston in the Central Taxis East of Scotland League.

Both sides will be keen to secure three points as they look to keep up the early pressure in a table headed by the undefeated Leith who have played up to two more games than the chasing pack.

If it’s goals you are after, this may be the game of the day for the roving football fan.  Last time out, Spartans narrowly lost out 3-4 to Heriot Watt whilst Ormiston were involved in a goal-fest against Tynecastle with no fewer than 11 strikes hitting the back of the net in a 5-6 win for the Edinburgh side.

The man in the middle is Mark Rennie who officiated in another high scoring tie during midweek, with Heriot Watt and Peebles sharing eight goals in a surreal 4-4 draw.

Tomassi said, “Ormiston will be another difficult game for us and with the fixture venue swap, we do so on the road this time.  After a week off, I’m looking for the lads to get back to winning ways after our first defeat of the season at Heriot Watt.  We’ll have to do so without Kai Wilson and Ross Gilpin however Donal Henretty and new signing Aquib Salim will be available for selection.”

The match, as Meadowbank, Ormiston, EH35 5LQ, kicks-off at 3pm.

Around the Grounds: EOS edged out at the death and Amateurs draw in Cup classic

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Spartans EOS fell to their first defeat under Colin Tomassi’s reign in dramatic style against Heriot Watt at Riccarton.

A couple of forced changes in the back four saw Spartans take time to adjust however the Students weren’t in a generous mood, scoring two early goals through Adam Kerlin and Chris Donnelly to put the Ainslie Park men on the back foot.

Blair Atkinson was denied when he saw his penalty kick saved however Spartans rallied and Chris Anderson got his side back in the game prior to the break with his 7th goal of the season.

The Student’s goalkeeper was to be Spartans’ nemesis and continued to deny chance after chance as Tomassi’s side continued to dominate play looking for an equaliser.

The task in hand was made a little more difficult with 20 minutes to go after the hosts were awarded a penalty that was duly converted by Anton Dowds.  That lead was then reduced once again after Harry Girdwood poked the ball over the line following a stramash in the box.

With five minutes left, Spartans looked to have kept their unbeaten start to the season intact when Andy Howat equalised with the third spot kick awarded on the day.

As Spartans pressed for a winner in the last minute, Heriot Watt perfected a smash and grab with Liam Walker benefitting from a deflected goal after a breakaway deep inside their own half.

Final Score: Heriot Watt 4-3 Spartans

Meanwhile, back at Ainslie Park, Spartans Amateurs were involved in an exciting six-goal thriller against Tollcross Thistle in the Scottish Amateurs FA Cup.

A 3-3 draw in front of a decent crowd on the Community Pitch saw the pendulum swing back and forth like the arm on a cuckoo clock as neither side could nurture their lead that sees the teams battle it out again next week in a replay at Saughton 3G.

Ryan Park, Lukasz Paczkowski and David Cran all netted for Spartans however Alex Cunningham, Chris Reid and Kyle Hay were on target for Tollcross.

The result shows progress for Nick and the team who lost out to today’s opponents 0-4 only two weeks ago.

On Friday night, the Under 20s went down 2-5 in an incident packed Qualifying League game against Preston Athletic at Ainslie Park.  Match Report, including a link to ‘that penalty incident’ can be viewed here.

Students offer tough test for Tomassi

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Spartans EOS make the short trip across the Edinburgh bypass to take on Heriot-Watt University in the fourth round of fixtures in the Central Taxis sponsored East of Scotland League.

For Manager Colin Tomassi, the match against the Students is yet another tough test in what’s been a profitable start to the season. “I am expecting a tough game against the Students who we anticipate to be fit, youthful and athletic.  The Uni sides are also known for having some really talented players within their squads and we’ll need to take our ‘A’-game with us if we are to continue our winning start to the campaign.”

Spartans join Lothian Thistle, Coldstream and Leith in the early pacemakers pack with the quartet all enjoying a 100% record so far.

It’s been an indifferent start for the Students who sit mid-table after recording a win, loss and a draw in their opening trio of league games.  Whilst finding the target doesn’t seem to be an issue for Ian Little’s side, their defensive lapses offer Spartans grounds for optimism ahead of Saturday’s clash.

On the player front, Tomassi will be without Donal Henretty and Paul Dickson – the latter recovering from a dislocated knee however the Gaffer notes that his side are “in a confident mood” and will be “doing all we can to keep the run going.”

Paul Hanlon is the man in the middle for the 2.30pm KO at Riccarton.  Directions to the complex can be found here.

There are another two fixtures on the East of Scotland League card:
Coldstream v Duns
Leith v Peebles

Tomassi’s men topple Tynie to cap winning week

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Spartans leaped to the top of the East of Scotland table with a 0-2 win over Tynecastle at Saughton Enclosure.

With Lothian Thistle HV not in action until Saturday afternoon, Colin Tomassi’s side took advantage to leapfrog the early pacesetters and were on their way after just nine minutes.

Sean Stewart may well have had a case for a spot kick after being upended in the box, whilst the Tynecastle defence stopped, perhaps waiting on an evitable shrill of the whistle, the ball made its way back across the penalty box for Chris Anderson to header home from 12 yards.

In what proved to be a rare venture into the Spartans danger zone, Milligan forced Ross Gilpin into a decent stop as Tynecastle looked to get back on level terms.

The home defence were certainly keen to knock the ball about at the back but on a surface that offered more bobbles that a Tom Weir wooly hat exhibition, their Barcelona-esque style play more often than not caused possession to be overturned.

Then, with 29 minutes on the clock, Spartans doubled their lead.  Blair Atkinson’s speculative effort looked like it was a comfortable save in the making for McMullen however the ball squeezed in between the keeper’s glove and the post to nestle in the net.

HT: Tynecastle 0-2 Spartans

The second half failed to live up to its opening course with the tempo a bit like the temperature in late August Edinburgh, dipping considerably as the evening wears on.

John Grant continued his comeback from injury by replacing Ger Rossi at the interval.

Seasoned campaigner Danny O’Donnell made a well-timed tackle to thwart Coleman in the 53rd minute as Tynecastle – who on the whole played with more gusto in the second stanza – looked for a way back into the game.

Midway through the half Iain Thomson came on for Chris Anderson as Spartans looked to freshen things up.

A delighted manager Colin Tomassi said, “The lads done everything they were asked to do in the first half, including scoring a couple of good goals.  Maybe the three games in the week caught up with them in the end.  I don’t think we ever looked in danger of losing the game however it would have been good to have added to the total in the second half.  Although I can’t really complain as that’s another three points in the bag.

“It was great to see Blair and Ando continuing to knock the goals in and I was delighted to see the other guys all contribute well including Ger Rossi who I felt has been terrific for us since he joined.”

It was also his side’s first clean sheet of the season so far. “I mentioned to the guys at half-time that it would be good to get through the game without conceding.  Apart from losing at least a goal a game, we’ve given away four penalties so it was good for Gilps not to have to face a spot kick too.”