Thorn Athletic are back in action tomorrow as they make the short trip to face Glasgow University in the Caledonian Premier League.

The fixture was originally scheduled to take place three weeks ago but fell victim to adverse weather conditions.

Thorn manager Johnny McEwan said: “It will be good to finally get back to league business again. We have tried to get this game on a couple of times with no success, so hopefully it finally goes ahead.

"We've managed a few friendlies over recent weeks but it doesn't compare to competitive action and the boys have put in two good sessions this week in anticipation.

"Glasgow University have traditionally always done well against us, so we are going to really have to be at our best.”

After Langlee Amateurs could not fulfil last week’s rescheduled Scottish Cup third round tie, Thorn attempted to retain their match sharpness by playing out a 1-1 draw with Wishaw High School in a friendly but McEwan is fully aware of how important it is to gain some momentum as the winter shutdown approaches.

He added: “We need to get points on the board quickly ahead of the festive break, so that we are not too detached come the new year.

"Slowly but surely we have some players returning from injury but it has been a slow process, so the big squad has really helped, but we need guys to kick on now and really get themselves into the thick of things and pushing everyone on.”

Despite being given a bye in the previous round and not having to negotiate a full match against a potentially awkward Langlee Amateurs side, another highly competitive fixture awaits Thorn in the fourth round after they were drawn at home to Meadowbank AFC, of the Lothian & Edinburgh FA, who have already ended Braehead FC's cup hopes.

McEwan said: “They have had some good results and their division looks competitive, so we will have to be careful to ensure we get through.

"The draw looks pretty open and, if you can get through another one or two rounds, then you can start to think about getting to the business end but it's the Scottish and anything can happen on the day."

McEwan will have a new recruit to add to his matchday squad following the addition of Kieran Bradshaw, who impressed in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Wishaw High.