We return to SPFL League 2 duty tomorrow with another big match against Annan Athletic at Ainslie Park.
OPPONENTS: ANNAN ATHLETIC
Annan have started this campaign in good form, currently sitting third in the table with, like us, only one defeat in their opening five matches. Their start in August was so impressive it landed manager Peter Murphy the first Leauge 2 manager of the month award. Their great start was tempered slightly be defeat at home to Clyde last week, so they will be looking to return to winning ways in this top of the table clash. On the playing front, Tommy Muir is Annan’s top scorer so far, with the every dangerous Steven Swinglehurst not far behind.
Entry at Ainslie Park as always will be £12 for adults, £6 for concessions with under 12s free with an accompanying adult; a cash gate will be in operation. Our half price offer for Hearts, Hibs and Spartans season ticket holders will be available tomorrow.
Having rotated the squad for the midweek East of Scotland Cup tie with Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, manager James McDonaugh will be able to choose from almost his strongest squad, barring long term absentees Josh Walker, John Dunn and Brad Donaldson. Keiron Stewart returns and Adam Watson our recent loan signing from Livingston is also added to the squad, having been cup tied in the Irn-Bru Cup last week.
Last season our matches with Annan were always close, with both sides claiming two victories a piece, both winning away from home too. With both teams having made strong starts to their respective league campaigns it is sure to be another close encounter tomorrow.
Edinburgh City are pleased to announce the signing of Adam Watson from Livingston on loan until January.
The twenty-year-old attacking midfielder came through the ranks at Hibernian where he worked with manager James McDonaugh at their academy, before joining Livingston in the summer.
At the news of Adam’s signing, manager McDonaugh said:
“We are delighted to strengthen the squad once again, at a time where we thought our business was done. Adam became available, however, and I’m happy that we were able to add another player with high energy and quality to the squad.”
Following our great win over Clyde we have another massive game to look forward to against Peterhead this weekend.
Jim McInally’s side are without doubt favourites for this season’s League 2 title, having narrowly missed out last season on both automatic promotion and the playoffs. This season the Blue Toon look strong again, with three wins and a draw from their opening four league matches and talisman Rory McCallister once again on form. Peterhead will be without Mick Dunlop and Peter Boyle once again this weekend but are otherwise at full strength.
Admission prices at Balmoor Stadium are £12 for adults, £6 for concessions with under 12s free with an accompanying adult; a cash gate will be in operation.
City continue to be without the midfield duo of Josh Walker and John Dunn tomorrow, with skipper Josh due to have his knee operation this week. Brad Donaldson requires a scan on his Achilles so he too misses out, although Marc Laird is back to full fitness and will be in the squad for tomorrow’s trip North. Otherwise we have a full bill of health and will hope to put in another big performance tomorrow after last week’s battle with Clyde.
Last season Peterhead dominated the first two meetings home and away, recording comfortable 3-0 wins on both occaisions. City were much more competetive in the home match in February, holding out for a 0-0 draw, before narrowly going down 2-1 on the final day of the season, where the Blue Toon came so close to the league title.
Unusually for us, both teams this season have started strongly, so we are hoping for a close match tomorrow up at Balmoor.