Jan 27 2012 Perthshire Advertiser Friday
TOMORROW’S games are all in the respective league competitions and there are crucial points at stake in most of the games.
The Central League championship race is very tight with only five points between the leaders Dundonald and Kinnoull who are fourth.
In between those two are Jeanfield and Lochgelly and the general feeling is that the eventual champions will be one of this quartet although Kirkcaldy YM in fifth place are still in the equation.
Kinnoull after their stunning Scottish Cup win at Lanark last Saturday take on the YM at Tulloch Park. The Perthshire side are, at present, fourth in the table with their opponents three points behind them and one place below them although Kinnoull also have a game in hand.
A win for Kinnoull in this encounter would widen the points gap between them and keep them well to the fore in the championship race.
At this week’s training Kinnoull boss Gavin Price would no doubt be making sure his players were back down to earth after their cup win and that they get fully focussed on the job on hand tomorrow which is chasing those crucial points at stake.
YM have gone off the boil in recent games and have lost their last two league and three cup games. Price expects to have his full squad of 19 available.
YM who lost 5–2 at Bankfoot last week will have the same squad available plus defender Chris Burt who was unavailable last week. They are still without striker Gavin Gray who is suspended.
Jeanfield Swifts are away to Lochgelly Albert and like Swifts the Albert have designs on finishing the season as the league champions. Swifts are in the second top spot in the table at present with 27 points from 10 games played, while the Albert are just below them with 25 points from 11 games played. With not a lot between the two teams this should be a cracking and closely contested encounter.
Swifts are confident that they can come home from Gardiner’s Park with a favourable result especially after thrashing Rosyth to the tune of 7–0 last week and manager Scott Brown’s squad will be much on the same lines. Missing are Jon Kelly, suspended, Sandy Ross, unavailable and Paddy Deane who is available for transfer.
Paddy Deane is an experienced striker who has had stints with Hibs and Arbroath and a number of other senior clubs. All enquiries regarding the player should be directed to Swifts secretary Eric Allen, tel 01738 443504 or 07922 721251.
Lochgelly had Sam Courts back training this week now that he has recovered from injury and if he feels no ill effects he will be in their squad. Craig Maguire is unavailable.
Bankfoot are away to Rosyth. The Bankies turned in what was probably their best league performance of the season last week when they had a very convincing 5–2 win over Kirkcaldy YM and that win hoists the Bankies back into the top half of the league table and it’s a position they will be striving to maintain by bringing home the points from their away game against Rosyth at their Recreation Park. Rosyth should have played Jeanfield at this venue last week but the pitch had problems with flooding and the game was transferred to Swifts ground. Hopefully there will be no such problems for tomorrow’s game.
Bankfoot boss Ian Duff expects to have the same squad of 17 that did duty last week. Ross Mitchell missed the game due to an injury and while he is making good progress he is unlikely to get the all clear.
The Rosyth manager was very disappointed with his team’s performance last week against Jeanfield as they hadn’t been beaten in their previous five games and he is contemplating making changes to his line up for tomorrow’s game.
Luncarty are guests of the league leaders Dundonald Bluebell and will have to produce a real shock result if they were to come home with a favourable result from this game.
The Bleachers were involved in an amazing 11 goal thriller against Thornton Hibs last week which they lost out by the odd goal.
They were without both their recognised goalkeepers in this game and they had to play an outfield player in goal and he played very well.
It was the Bleachers young striker Robbie Goodwillie’s 19th birthday on Saturday and he celebrated with a hat trick.
The Bleachers manager Mark Potter expects to have the same squad as last week plus goalkeeper Gordon McGillivray and striker Mark Caldow for tomorrow’s game. Dundonald haven’t named a squad.
Newburgh are at home to Thornton Hibs and it’s the second time in a fortnight they have met the Hibs.
In their meeting at Thornton the Burgh had a 3–1 win in that game and were most convincing.
They followed this up last week with a 3–0 home win against Crossgates and if they can do the business again in tomorrow’s game.
It’s more than a decade since they won three league games on the trot. Manager Alan Cameron brought Bruce McAdam off the bench to play in the last 15 minutes of the game it was his first piece of action since he was injured away back in September unfortunately Bruce took a knock and it rules him out of tomorrow’s game, otherwise Alan Cameron expects to have the squad that has done so well in their last two games.
Thornton Hibs haven’t named their squad for this game.
Blairgowrie are at home to Montrose Roselea who are in the second top position in the league table. Blair produced a real shock when they knocked the Roselea out of the Scottish Cup and will be delighted to do the same again by sending Roselea home from this north league game empty handed.
Blair boss John Holt has only one doubt their striker David Salisbury has been nursing a back injury he has been back training but is still in the doubtful category and may have a fitness test. It’s a late selection from John Holt.
Roselea striker James Collier, knee injury and Ryan Taylor, dead leg, are doubtful and may have late tests.
Coupar Angus are away to Arbroath Vics and will be without their goalkeeper Danny Turner who had seven stitches inserted in a knee injury he sustained in last week’s game. Laurie Spence is likely to take over. Manager Alan Robson expects to have a couple of trialists in his squad.
TOMORROW’S fixtures: Central League – Kinnoull v Kirkcaldy YM; Rosyth v Bankfoot Athletic; Lochgelly Albert v Jeanfield Swifts; Newburgh v Thornton Hibs; Dundonald Bluebell v Luncarty; North League – Blairgowrie v Montrose Roselea; Arbroath Vics v Coupar Angus. All kick off’s – 1.45pm.