Leith Athletic and Craigroyston clash tonight at Ainslie Park, kick-off 7.45pm, in a top-of-the-table Central Taxis First Division match with both clubs seeking a win to ensure promotion.
A victory for leaders Craigroyston would give them the league title while a draw would guarantee the St Mark’s Park outfit a step up to the Premier Division. A win for Leith would mean that nothing would be decided tonight with Berwick Rangers Reserves and Coldstream potentially joining the promotion race, depending on their results in their remaining two games.
The stakes are high and Leith manager Derek Riddel said: “We will need to take the game to Craigroyston because they only need one point to gain promotion. We have had four games against Craigroyston this season and won them all, so maybe we have a wee hoodoo over them and hopefully that will continue tonight.”
Riddel is without the injured duo of Kyle Boggie and Jack Combe.
Craigroyston beat Eyemouth United 3-0 at the weekend to set up this mouth-watering game. “It was a good result because we played into a very strong wind in the first half, but in the second we looked stronger and took our chances,” said the Craigroyston assistant manager Garry Aitchison. “All the games between us this season have been very close.
“Leith have played a lot of games recently and done well to climb the table into second place. However, we have also been playing well and everything has been clicking for us.”
John Dunn faces a late fitness test, although Euan MacIntosh returns to the squad.
Admission prices are £3.00 for adults and accompanied children are free.
Meanwhile, Vale of Leithen and Heriot-Watt University shared the points in an exciting 3-3 draw in the Central Taxis Premier Division at Netherdale last night. Both clubs were free from relegation concerns and put on a cracking contest. Scott Moffat gave Vale the lead with a well struck shot before Chris Inglis increased their advantage with a powerful header from an Eddie Mearns corner. However, in the second half, the students fought back with a header from Chris Donnelly and another from Jamie Forsyth.
Vale edged in front again momentarily with ten minutes remaining when John Ross Kerr netted before Ryan Stevenson scored Heriot-Watt’s third from the restart with a rising shot from 25 yards.