Bo’ness United still believe they can catch Kelty

Will Snowdon and his Bo'ness team-mates have a good record over Kelty. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Will Snowdon and his Bo'ness team-mates have a good record over Kelty. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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Bo’ness United defender Will Snowdon is hopeful that the reigning Super League champions can kick-start a poor run for league leaders Kelty Hearts by going to Fife and beating them tomorrow.

Runaway leaders Kelty are just three games away from securing their first-ever top flight title under the stewardship of manager Tam Courts, in what is a remarkable tale at Central Park, with the Jambos having flirted with relegation to the Premier League last season.

Kelty finished third-bottom in 2013/14 and had to fight it out with Dalkeith Thistle over two legs in the Super League play-off last season to preserve their league status, but know that a nine-point haul from games against Bo’ness, Camelon and Lochee United will ensure they end the season as champions.

However, former Livingston right-back Snowdon and his Bo’ness team-mates have a 100 per-cent record against Kelty this season, having beaten them 2-1 in Fife in the Junior Cup and 1-0 in the league at Newtown Park and he’s confident they can derail their championship bid.

Bo’ness sit in second place, 12 points behind Kelty but with three games in hand and would likely have to win their six remaining league games to secure their third Super League crown in six seasons.

“We’ve got nothing to fear and I think everyone has probably given the trophy to Kelty already,” said the 32-year-old. “They’ve got the points on the board and I don’t think anyone expected them to continue winning. I don’t think they’ve really had a bad spell, so hopefully that will start tomorrow and continue for their last two games of the season.

“We are going there confident – we’ve beaten them twice already this season and we need to win the game. We’ll go there and play attacking football and try to score some goals.”

The Englishman is in his eighth season at Newtown Park, having joined from Stranraer in 2007, and hopes to see out the remainder of his career with the West Lothian club. Snowdon moved north from Ipswich as a teenager when he joined the Lions in 2002 and was part of the side which lifted the CIS Cup in 2004 before he moved to Partick Thistle.

He believes the BUs would be sitting top of the league if it wasn’t for Kelty’s spectacular season, in which they’ve won 19 out of their 25 league games so far. The distraction of a money-spinning William Hill Scottish Cup run, which took Allan McGonigal’s men into the fourth round of the competition for the first time, has inevitably cost them in regards to the league, according to Snowdon.

He said: “In any other season we’d probably be sitting top. We expect to be there or thereabouts every season, but we’ve had some distractions. It was a phenomenal achievement getting to the fourth round of the Scottish Cup after being 3-0 down away to Elgin in the third round – to go and score nine goals against a league team is unbelievable.

“Not that you think about winning Scottish Cups, but just thinking about these big games and how good they are to be involved in, whereas Kelty got a good start and could just focus on the league.”

Centre-back Stuart Hunter is out for the trip to Central Park with a pulled hamstring, although winger Nicky Walker could return in time, having sat out Wednesday’s match at home to Musselburgh Athletic.

Elsewhere in the Super League, Musselburgh host Penicuik Athletic at Olivebank in a repeat of their Junior 
Cup quarter-final which Burgh won 2-0, while Newtongrange star take on Broxburn Athletic at New Victoria Park and Linlithgow and Bonnyrigg travel to Armadale and Camelon respectively.