1st Team Preview vs. Coldstream FC (28.02.15)

Coldstream FC vs. Leith Athletic FC
East of Scotland Premier League
Saturday 28th February 2015, 2:00pm
at Home Park, Coldstream

Our East of Scotland 1st Team head to the Scottish Borders tomorrow when we travel to Home Park to face Coldstream FC in a vital East of Scotland Premier League match.

This will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this season.  On the opening day of the league season, a solitary Jamie Lauder penalty early in the game was enough to take all three points.  In late October, Coldstream won 2-1 in the South Challenge Cup at Home Park, before Leith came back from 1-0 down at half time to win 6-1 in the league just two weeks later.

Whilst Coldstream have parted company with manager, Steve Gibbard in the last 7-days for personal reasons, the Home Park side are in good form of late and will look to continue that tomorrow in an attempt to climb out of the bottom two.

Kick-Off is 2:00pm and a bus leaves Leith Links at 11:15am for anyone wishing to travel to the match.

Managers' Comments:

"We're coming to a vital stage of the season where every point is crucial at both ends of the league table and both sides tomorrow will feel that its important that they pick up all three points for different reasons.

The three games we've played against Coldstream this season have been really tough and if anyone expects us to go down there tomorrow and come away with an easy three points, they're wrong.  At Meadowbank, we led 1-0 for a long period, but Coldstream had chances late on to get back into the game.

The South Challenge Cup game seen us deservedly beaten and whilst the league game may seem quite comfortable at 6-1, it was pretty tight until the Coldstream keeper was sent off in the 2nd half.

We never started the game well in midweek against Edinburgh City and we were very lucky to go in at the break only 1-0 down.  I heard a few murmurs from the City support as I walked off at half-time, suggesting that it was only a matter of time before they got our second, but as I said to the players at the break, the longer it stayed 1-0, the more chance we had to get into the game.

As it was, we were excellent from half-time onwards and whilst we were short of bodies, the guys stuck together and we got the result.  We trailed twice, but showed great spirit to get back into the game and maybe could have snatched it at the end of extra time.  It took penalties for us to get through, but it's a great achievement and we now have another cup final to look forward to, having beaten the best side at our level in the process.

As seems to be the norm of late, we're struggling for bodies and we'll bring in a number of the Under 20's depending on how their game goes on Friday night.  Kenny Hall (knee) joins Gary Black (ankle), Euan Campbell (hamstring), Mark Leslie (hamstring) and Sean Murphy (knee) in the injured category.  Keith Murray, Stephen Baigan and Chris Beaton are away for the weekend and whilst Neil Lowson will make the bench, he's not kicked a ball in 6-weeks, so may only be there for cosmetic purposes.

Our under 20's Captain Sean Melvin made his first competitive start for us in midweek and was one of the best players on the park so he'll be involved again tomorrow.  James Hainey will be involved again, having already played ten games this season and we'll see who else is available tonight after their game against Spartans.

We're going to need another big performance from everyone tomorrow, but when we've been short of bodies lately, its really galvanised the squad.  We need that at Home Park as its not going to be an easy game."



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