Bonnyrigg have a ‘new lease of life’

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Stand-in boss Steven Hislop has been delighted by the response of the Bonnyrigg players since he was given caretaker duties following Max Christie’s resignation.

Player-coach Hislop, along with team-mates Ross Archibald and David White, took the reins after Christie quit in wake of the 2-1 defeat at home to Linlithgow Rose in the league two weeks ago.

The temporary management team oversaw a 4-1 victory over Livingston United in the East of Scotland Cup last weekend and Hislop, who has applied for the job on a permanent basis, has been impressed with the reaction from his players.

“Sometimes a change in management just gives players a new lease of life,” he said.

“We have worked on a few different things in training, that’s nothing against Max; we just thought we’d try something different. We tried a few different formations during the game last week and it all worked.

“They’ve worked hard in training for us and we’ve not had any negativity from them at all. They are all buying in to what we are doing. It’s nothing against the old regime; we are just doing things differently.”

Bonnyrigg, joint bottom of the Super League with Camelon, visit Fauldhouse United tomorrow knowing that a win Fauldhouse could lift them up to seventh alongside the West Lothian club.

“It’s a massive game tomorrow and we are well organised for it,” said Hislop, who moved to Bonnyrigg from Bo’ness in the summer. “Hopefully the boys buy into it like the game last week. We need to win and get up the table.”

New signing Connor Thomson, a forward who was last at Musselburgh Athletic before spending time in America last year, goes straight into tomorrow’s squad, but goalkeeper David Hay is out injured.

Elsewhere in the Super League, managerless Musselburgh host Broxburn Athletic, while Penicuik Athletic will be looking to bounce back from their East of Scotland Cup exit last weekend when they go to Ballingry Rovers. Newtongrange Star can keep the pressure on leaders Kelty Hearts when they host Sauchie.