East of Scotland Side host Civil Derby

Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2014

Tomorrowy we welcome our local rivals Civil Service Strollers to Ainslie Park for an East of Scotland Premier League fixture.

A local derby is always an interesting prospect and with Ross McNeil, Colin Tomassi and Kevin Douglas ringing the changes to the squad this season the Strollers have become formidable opposition. They won their preliminary Scottish Cup tie away to Wigtown and now face another long bus journey up north to Forres Mechanics in two weeks’ time in the next round where we wish them every success.

Last week we travelled across the city to Meadowbank where we faced a very much in form Leith Athletic side, Derek Riddel has his team playing good attacking football and we (Darren, Ricki and myself) expected our players to go out and give them a tough game.

We had to shuffle things around a little as we were still without the suspended Sebastian Pyda, Blair McWhirter who has been very consistent so far this season wasalso missing due a holiday he had booked previously and young Brad Raiker was called into the senior squad where he played 60 minutes against East Kilbride.

Young Alex Imlah was drafted in from our U20’s for his EOS debut and he did really well slotting in at right back. We went on to lose the game 5-2 from a position where we had come back from 3-0 down to 3-2, but as they say that’s football it can be very frustrating at times.

Team: Jackson, Imlah, Cochrane, Boyes, MacLeod (Howatt), Clapperton (Roberts) Stewart, Cunningham, Rusin, Ballantyne, Gray. Subs: Brown, Howatt, Adams, Roberts

On the squad front: we have Sebastian Pyda back from his suspension (which he picked up against Civil in the league cup game 2 weeks ago) Blair McWhirter returns from his holiday and Brad Raiker is available this week.

Next Fixture

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

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