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MATCH PREVIEW - EDINBURGH CITY (A)


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MATCH PREVIEW - EDINBURGH CITY (A)

PostedApril 7, 2017

We kick off a run of two away games when we make our last ever visit to Meadowbank Stadium on Saturday afternoon to face Edinburgh City with a 3 p.m. kick off.
After 47 years which has seen it host two Commonwealth Games, Meadowbank Thistle and for the last 21 years City, the famous old stadium is due to be demolished later this year and in the meantime while its replacement is being built City will be moving four miles north to ground share with Spartans at Ainslie Park for the next three years.
Games between the sides have been even this season with each side winning at Central Park with a draw at Meadowbank on our last visit. Goals from Kris Renton and Lewis Moore gave us a 2-0 win at Central Park back in August while Renton was also on target in our 1-1 draw in the capital in November with Dougie Gair leveling for City.
The return game at Central Park in February saw a 2-1 win for the visitors, their first ever at the ground, after Dale Carrick had opened the scoring Gair, from the penalty spot, and Josh Walker got the City goals while we ended with ten men after Fraser Mullen had been sent off.
That result left us trailing both City and Clyde by seven points but our recent revival has seen us cut the deficit on City to four points and Clyde to a single point after two wins against them in recent weeks.
Since that game Gary Jardine's side have played five games with two wins, two defeats and a draw with their last outing last Saturday seeing a 3-0 defeat at Montrose, which is their heaviest loss of the league campaign.
The last three games has seen Gary Locke start with the same XI but he will be forced into a change this weekend as captain Scott Rusmby sits the game out due to a one game suspension.
Two former Cowden men in the City squad are former captain Joe Mbu and Derek Riordan, who had a short but successful loan spell as a teenager scoring four times in three games back in January 2003.
MATCH OFFICIALS
REFEREE: Craig Charleston ASSISTANT REFEREE'S: Willie Conquer & David McKniff.
Previewer: Andrew Mullen.
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