Jan 4 2013 by Gordon Bannerman, Perthshire Advertiser
The seasonal festivities have disrupted teams’ training sessions over the past couple of weeks and that, combined with the fact that there has been little action in the way of games, won’t have helped fitness levels.
So it was back to training for most last night. No doubt the managers and coaches would be cracking the whip.
Jeanfield Swifts are away to Violet in the Premier League and this is the first season for both in this league.
There’s little between them in the table.
The Violet have 12 points while the Swifts trail them by three.
Swifts are still chasing their first away win so it would be a terrific result for them if they were to get a favourable result from this Glenesk encounter.
Swifts were left idle last week when their away league game with Armadale Thistle had to be called off as the Lothians side’s pitch was waterlogged.
It’s a few weeks now since both Swifts and their hosts have fulfilled an official fixture and hopefully there will be no further problems tomorrow.
Scott Brown expects to have his squad at full strength.
Kinnoull are away to Scone Thistle, who after their disappointing defeat from Lochore Welfare last week will be striving to put this setback behind them by getting back into the winning vein in this derby clash at Farquharson Park.
They would have to be considered the favourites to do so, considering they are well ahead of their hosts in the league table.
Kinnoull Boss Gavin Price will have midfield/forward Calum McKinlay and striker Richard Doig back. They were both unavailable for last week’s game. Goalkeeper Mark Mitchell is out as he is on holiday. Price expects his a squad to number 17.
The Thistle, after their away game with Bankfoot was called off last week, managed to play a friendly against Coupar Angus at the Disc astro pitch in Dundee.
This was an excellent workout for both teams and it finished all square at 2-2, which was a fair result.
An interesting footnote is that the Thistle are the only team to have taken a point from league leaders Lochore Welfare.
They did so when they held them to a 2-2 draw at Gardiners Park earlier in the season. What a boost it would be for them if they could buck the odds for a second time by getting a favourable result against another of the league’s hot shots.
Thistle player/manager Derek Keir hasn’t announced his squad.
Bankfoot are at home to bottom-of-the-table Steelend Vics. Manager Eric Fleming is expecting to have his full squad available and is quietly confident they will add three more points to their tally at their visitors’ expense.
The Bankies boss is well aware that the Vic, who have only one point to their credit, have a new manager and he has strengthened the squad with a number of new signings who have shown up well in friendlies. They haven’t announced their squad for tomorrow’s game.
Luncarty are hosts to Thornton Hibs and this should be an interesting encounter as both sides have had improved results and are certainly better placed in the league table than they were at this time last season. Unfortunately, like the rest of the clubs, cancellations have left them idle for a number of weeks.
Manager Andy Healy has taken full points from the two games that the Bleachers have played since he took over, both of which were played at Brownlands Park, as is tomorrow’s encounter. They can make it a home hat-trick. Andy hasn’t named his squad.
In the North League Coupar Angus have Montrose Roselea at Foxhall and they expect to have a full squad, which includes a new signing.
He is Cameron McDonald, a striker who has joined up at Foxhall from Ferrie youth side. He played in last week’s friendly against Scone Thistle and showed up well.
He is expected to make his league debut against Roselea, who are on the fringes of the promotion race.
Blairgowrie are away to Forfar Albion.
They have already accounted for the Albion in the league cup and the league and must be the favourites to make a hat-trick of wins over the Albion in tomorrow’s Guthrie Park encounter.
Blair haven’t named their squad but it’s a pretty safe bet that Stewart Sheed will feature after suspension.
•Tomorrow’s fixtures: Premier League - Dundee Violet v Jeanfield Swifts
Central League - Scone Thistle v Kinnoull, Luncarty v Thornton Hibs, Bankfoot Ath v Steelend Vics
North League - Coupar Angus v Montrose Roselea, Forfar Albion v Blairgowrie