East Kilbride, Cove And Cowden Shaping Up For Pyramid Battle Again
Written by RockSport on January 6, 2018
A repeat of last season’s Pyramid Play Off final is becoming a real possibility with East Kilbride going back to the top of the Lowland League after Saturday’s matches and Cowdenbeath being further cut adrift at the bottom of Scottish League Two after a 0-2 home defeat by Edinburgh City.
With Cove Rangers still on top of the Highland League it could be a repeat of the end of last season in the basement of Scottish football when EK beat the Aberdonians before facing the Blue Brazil for a place in the SPFL.
Cowden won on penalties after a draw over two legs in the Play Off final but the Fifers are once again struggling to stay in the Scottish League and EK are just ahead of BSC Glasgow and Spartans who both have games in hand at the top of the Lowland League.
EK have knocked the Fifers out of the Scottish Cup two seasons running and only a missed penalty in the shoot-out at Central Park denied them league status with Cowdenbeath winning 5-4 on spot kicks.
Gary Locke saved ‘beath’s bacon last season as manager and now it is down to boss Gary Bollan to preserve the Fifers league place which they have held since 1905.
Cowdenbeath FC [ formed in 1881 ] moved to Central Park [ pictured ] in 1917 after playing the first 12 years of their existence in the Scottish League at the town’s North End Park.
Financial crisis and an increasingly worn out stadium have contributed to the Fifers problems and on the field little has improved since last season’s great escape.
East Kilbride have gone from strength to strength in the Lowland League in the last couple of years while Cove Rangers could give the Granite City their second SPFL side alongside Aberdeen FC if the northern Gers won League Two status.
Montrose [ 41 points ] are top of League Two after the weekend matches one point ahead of former Highland League side Peterhead [ 40 ].