Bo’ness manager Allan McGonigal thanked Bonnyrigg for agreeing to a hastily-arranged Super League fixture – and then watched his team take the three points with a goal in each half.
The teams met at Newtown Park after the hosts’ trip to Hurlford and Rose’s match at Carnoustie were postponed.
McGonigal said: “First of all we have to thank the Bonnyrigg people for agreeing to this game at short notice.
“It took us a while to settle and Bonnyrigg had the bulk of the play for the opening 20 minutes but, after that, we were well in control.”
Bo’ness had three chances to open their account all blocked on the goal-line by some desperate defending after six minutes.
The visitors gradually found their feet and for a 20-minute spell played some attractive football. However, goalmouth incidents were rare until the 33rd minute, when Bo’ness were awarded a penalty after Nicky Walker – who looked to be in an offside position – was sent sprawling in the box by goalkeeper Paul Grant. Will Snowdon despatched the spot-kick.
Bonnyrigg almost equalised in 55 minutes when Alan Horne released Steve Hislop on goal, but his strike slipped past the post. With five minutes left, Bo’ness conjured up a second goal. Substitute Robert Sloan slid a great pass to Mark Cowan, who controlled the ball before drilling a low shot under Grant and into the net.
Despite defeat, Bonnyrigg boss Davy McGlynn was happy with the desire from his players.
He said: “We’re not too far away from what we want here. We need a couple of strikers and I’ll be trying to sort that out this week.”
Bo’ness United: Baillie, Snowdon, Walker, Murphy, Hunter, Nimmo, Anderson, Philp, Cowan, Donnelly, Scott. Subs: Sloan, Campbell, Gribben.
Bonnyrigg Rose: Grant, Archibald, Browne, Stewart, Hoskins, Woodburn, King, Horne, Hislop, Court, Whitson. Subs: Thomson, McLeish, Wilson, Beaton, Easton.