Christie expects ‘a cracker’ as Bonnyrigg host Bo’ness in quarter-final

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HIGH-FLYING Bonnyrigg Rose go in search of a second win in a week over struggling Bo’ness when the two sides meet at New Dundas Park in the quarter-final of the Fife and Lothians Cup tonight (7pm).

The Midlothian outfit, who are top of the Super League, won 2-0 in an entertaining league match last Wednesday, and they will be aiming for a repeat this evening, with a semi final spot away to Linlithgow awaiting the winners.

Rose boss Max Christie said: “It’s going to be another cracker. We’re struggling with injuries but everyone will be up for this one again. Bo’ness have been on a bad run recently but they’re still a good side. They will be looking to turn the game in their favour because of last week. It’s been a busy time for us with a lot of games being played and the players getting no time to recover.”

Bo’ness manager Paul Ronald knows his team are up against it. “They turned us over last time and the lads feel they are due our supporters a result,” he said. “Another game against the old enemy [Linlithgow] would be nice. We have to get rid of the mistakes we’ve been making recently. We’ve still played some good football but we let ourselves down. We just have to get the sleeves up and get a result.”

Elsewhere, Broxburn travel to Thornton, if the pitch is playable. Broxburn assistant Stevie McIlhone feels they could have done without this game this particular week. He said: “It’s a quarter final a few days before one of the biggest games in our season and one we could have quite happily had played later.”

Meanwhile, in the South Division, on-form Whitburn play host to struggling Pumpherston, West Calder entertain Blackburn and Falkirk are at home to Harthill.