BY NEIL HOBSON
Ahead of tonight’s league cup game against Lothian Thistle at Saughton (730pm KO) we’ve put together our big match preview!
1: WE’RE BACK IN THE GROOVE
A key thing to note ahead of tonight’s match is the superb form that Rovers are in, chalking up fine wins over Coldstream, Stirling and Heston this season is testament to how far this team has come – with Ger Rossi’s men having accumulated twice as many points as we did at the same time last year.
Teams this season have struggled to cope with Rovers and their brand of intense attacking football, with the only issue seemingly being our ability to defend – with the number of goals conceded an issue, with most games turning into white-knuckle rides as we defend leads.
Against a fine attacking team like Lothian, a big showing will be needed – all over the park.
2: HARD HUTCHY WILL PROVIDE TEST
I’m not exaggerating when I say a big showing will be required: Lothian are absolutely flying at the moment, and hold the crown as the finest team in the league at the moment – an impressive feat with Kelty and Preston in the mix.
The defending champions have enjoyed a fine season so far: in their four league matches, they’ve won every single time and have already racked up 29 goals in the process, conceding just four times.
Raymond Carr’s men also shocked Scottish football as they threw League Two leaders Stirling Albion out of the Scottish Cup this month, as they defeated them 5-3 on their own turf.
Make no mistake, this is going to be a wild ride
You can watch the highlights from that Stirling match here, courtesy of the William Hill Scottish Cup
3: MCMATH IN FIRM CONTENTION FOR GOLDEN BOOT
Last season wasn’t great for Alan McMath.
The striker, signed from Leithen Rovers, endured a torrid start to life in red and white – suffering numerous injuries and only logging a handful of appearances. This culminated in McMath scooping the “Golden Croc” award at Presentation Night.
Boy has he turned it round this year though, and he’s after a golden boot now!
Last Saturday’s outing against Heston saw the striker notch his second hat-trick of the season, his first coming against Stirling Uni. McMath has been excellent this year, we can only hope he carries his red-hot form into tonight’s clash!
You can read an interview with the man himself here
4: THANK YOU
Finally, we hope all of you enjoy tonight’s match in Edinburgh. Your support for the club online and at games has been remarkable over the past few months.
We hope we can pull off a result for you tonight. If you can’t make the game, we’ll have live updates on Facebook and Twitter – along with reports and reaction on our website post-match.
PeeblesRoversTV will also conduct interviews. COYR!