Eyemouth United stung by visiting Lothian Thistle

Eyemouth United v Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale in the East of Scotland League
Eyemouth United v Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale in the East of Scotland League

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Eyemouth’s preseason preparations were cranked up a notch as they succumbed to a first-half onslaught from Lothian Thistle.

Two early Lothian goals came from marauding play down Eyemouth’s left flank, leaving them an uphill task.

Another was conceded to a free header from a corner, before Lothian came down the left wing again and engineered a toe-poke for their fourth.

Eyemouth didn’t let their heads drop, though, and they managed to strike just before half-time, Martin Tait getting on the end of a Stephen Shennancross.

In his half-time team talk, manager Carl Hudson told his charges that the second period would have to be an exercise in damage limitation.

And in that the Fishermen were successful, conceding only another two goals, to Omar Ali and Craig Stevenson, while still having enough about them to create chances of their own.

With a handful of debutants in key positions, the fluidity of the home team was always going to be a work in progress at this stage.

However, the defence started to show a greater understanding as the second half wore on, and the shifting of Jess out to the left deprived Thistle of much of the joy they had found earlier on.

“We were a bit restricted with the size of the squad,” said Hudson, “because we’re still wanting on people coming back and getting back to fitness, but I’m confident we can make something of ourselves this season.”

The tough games come fast and thick for Eyemouth, with fixtures against Kelso and Edinburgh University coming up after Tuesday evening’s meeting with Tynecastle.

But Hudson is quietly confident that his signings can gel together quickly.

“This was a tough game, no doubt about it, and there will be others like it,” he said, “but that’s what you get at this level. These are the teams you want to measure up against.

“I’m not that upset with the lads, especially because I’d expect Lothian Thistle to be up there challenging to win the league this time - they’re definitely good enough.

“It’s a disappointment, because obviously, we want to win every game, and try to win every competition we’re in.

“But I still consider this game as part of the preseason.

“I was impressed with our fitness levels in particular. We look to be starting this season in much better shape than last time, that’s for sure. ”

EYEMOUTH UNITED: Tansey, Spiers, Windram, Wood, Walker, Collin, Tait, Philips, Jess, Shennan, Coyle.