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Cup Preview

Posted by East Lothian Clubs Winter League on Jan 13 2020 at 08:40AM PST

With both league divisions now well on the way to their conclusion, focus now shifts to the Cup, which tees off this Sunday.
We take a look at the first round match-ups:

Royal Musselburgh vs Craigielaw
Royal, undefeated at home in the league this term, will start as favourites and recorded a win in the league when these two teams met at the same venue in October. However Craigielaw have won on the road three time this league season, and if they can field their best team they could be difficult to handle.

Musselburgh vs Tantallon
Monktonhall is never an easy place to visit but Tantallon have fared better than most, having won there in the league three times in the past three seasons. They are riding high with the league title in their sights, whilst Musselburgh stare relegation in the face. But the hosts have consistent performers in Benn McLeod, Jamie Wright, Calum Burgess and Lindsay Shepherd. They will need one or two others to perform well to beat the league leaders.

Glen vs Kilspindie
An interesting match-up with neither team having their best season. Kilspindie will be buoyed by their recent win over Craigielaw, but Glen have home advantage and know they probably should have secured the win last Sunday. Kilspindie’s chances may hinge on the strength of team they put out, with a real challenge ahead in the league run-in – starting with North Berwick’s visit next week.

Gullane vs Gifford
Gifford should focus on enjoying their day out. They have beaten Gullane just once in the history of the league, but that was over thirty years ago.

Longniddry vs Winterfield
Longniddry have beaten Winterfield twice in the league this season and will be strong favourites. However Winterfield may yet prove to be the dark horses of Div 2 this year, and a surprise Cup win could herald a late resurgence in the league.

Musselburgh Old vs Haddington
Musselburgh Links isn’t an easy place to visit, but Haddington were narrow winners in the league back in November. On the other hand Musselburgh Old will take heart from their recent win over Longniddry, and will be certainly be targeting another victory. The prize of a home quarter final against Thorntree will be seen as worthy goal for both teams.

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