We return to New Central Park in league action this Saturday. The visitors for this one, Gretna 2008, will be the first of three in the run up to Christmas with an away trip to Ainslie Park on Tuesday followed by another home tie against Stirling Uni a week on Saturday to come.
Kelty are coming off a fourth win on the bounce in the Lowland League after facing Berwick Rangers at Shielfield Park last weekend. The Wee Gers were reduced to ten men inside the first minute and 9 before half time struck. Goals from Austin (x2) and Easton helped Kelty to a comfortable 4-0 win in the end, a win that catapulted Kelty to the top of the Lowland League Tsble.
Gretna have made a promising start to their League Campaign, already notching up one more win than they achieved all of last Season. A 1-0 win at home to Berwick Rangers in their last Lowland League outing came off the back of scoring ten and conceding one in the three games prior, a run of form Gretna will want to carry into this weekends game.
Head to Head
Saturdays meeting between the two sides will be the sixth meeting between the two sides having met 4 times in league action and once in last seasons Football Nations Cup. Kelty have a 100% record against the side from the borders, included within that record is a 10-0 win last year in which Austin was able to find the back of the net on four occasions.
Last time out Gretna held Kelty to three goals, scoring one in the game at Randall Park four days before Christmas 2019. Austin, Easton and Philp found themselves on the scoresheet for the boys in maroon in that game and all three will fancy their chances again this time round.
Last 3 Meetings:
Gretna 2008 1-3 Kelty Hearts
Kelty Hearts 5-1 Gretna 2008
Kelty Hearts 10-0 Gretna 2008
Players to Watch
Dougie Hill has been a constant in the Kelty back line this season often finding himself playing as part of a back two as Kelty have looked to dominate the possession game in the center of the field.
Kelty have conceded just four times in their opening ten Lowland League fixtures this season, a league best for the defending champions. Hill has been described as a solid old-school defender by teammate Thomas Reilly in a recent interview on the Maroon Machine Podcast, and he’ll undoubtedly be looking to continue the good form on when Gretna roll into town on Saturday.
We caught up with Hill before training earlier in the week and you can hear what he had to say HERE
Where to Watch
This Saturdays Lowland League Match will again be Streamed live in HD on KeltyHeartsTV. You can purchase HERE
Shaun, Kieran and the rest of the team will be back to run you through all the action live.
Use #KHLive on Saturday to give use your thoughts before, during and after the game.
Match Preview by Shaun Spedding