On their last visit to Hill of Beath’s Keir Park ground, Bo’ness United all but secured the Super League title thanks to a Kieran Anderson strike.
The youngster’s goal in a 1-0 victory last May meant the Newtown Park men just needed a point from their final two matches to seal the title. Tonight, they make the journey across the Forth knowing only a win will suffice if they wish to remain in the hunt with leaders Kelty Hearts, who will be crowned this season’s champions should Bo’ness fail to win.
Manager Allan McGonigal made changes to his side in Monday night’s Fife & Lothians Cup quarter-final against Blackburn United to keep his players fresh for tonight’s match and their penultimate league game of the season on Saturday at Sauchie.
He said: “We rotated the squad a bit on Monday night. Stewart Devine was back and we gave Ross Alexander his debut and we gave games to Anderson, Mark Cowan and Scott Gibb. It was probably the right match for us to do that.”
McGonigal is delighted his team are still in the hunt for the title given how far Kelty were ahead at one stage.
“You’ve just got to take your hat off to my boys with what they’ve achieved, to keep everything ticking along. We’ve kept our season alive – with twelve games to go we were miles and miles away.”
Newtongrange Star travel to Camelon tonight for their Fife & Lothians Cup quarter-final, while Linlithgow Rose host Bonnyrigg Rose at Prestonfield.