Spartans set for “toughest test so far this season” at galvanised Gretna

Posted on Friday, September 20th, 2013

After the Romance of the Cup at Peffermill last week, it’s a trip to the home of the romantics for Spartans as they head to Gretna to engage in Lowland League battle.

With half a dozen or so games already played in this inaugural season, both teams have set out their stalls as early pacemakers to be in contention for podium places come next Spring.

The last outing at Raydale back in March saw both sides fight out an EOS midweek no-score draw in frankly appalling conditions.  With better weather on the cards and the possible opportunity to claim top spot come 4.45, a humdinger of a clash is in store.

The hosts come off the back of a penalty shoot-out win against Stirling Uni last week in the Alex Jack Cup and * will be keen to build on a positive start to the season under Manager Kenny Brown and currently sit above Spartans by virtue of the narrowest of goal difference margins.

Spartans Manager Dougie Samuel is relishing the opportunity of another fantastic advert for Lowland League football,  “Tomorrow we face one of the toughest tests of our season to date.  Since the turn of the year Gretna have invested heavily in re-shaping and re-building their squad.  Gretna pre-season results provided a strong indicator that they would be a real force this season and so it’s proved to be already.

“For our part, there’s been a real buzz in training this week following our progress in the Scottish Cup.  Sadly we remain a few weeks away from having a full squad to choose from.

“Tomorrow we have Muhsin, Bremner, Beacher and O’Donnell on the sidelines, also 1 or 2 rated doubtful, however, on a positive note Sivewright and Motion are available following their absence last week.  Gretna away is one of the toughest challenges we face at our level, it’s one we are all looking forward too”.

The match kicks-off at 3pm and directions on how to get to Raydale can be found here

The other fixtures in the Lowland League this weekend are as follows:

Dalbeattie Star v Selkirk
East Kilbride v Preston Athletic
Threave Rovers v Gala Fairydean Rovers
University of Stirling v Vale of Leithen
Whitehill Welfare v Edinburgh City

*Last week’s cup tie will have to be replayed following the Referee taking the game straight to penalties after the match finished all square at the end of 90 mins, bypassing the regulatory period of extra time.

Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 13th April
Opponent: Stranraer FC
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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