Craig Meikle: Penicuik ‘can play without any pressure’

Manager Craig Meikle says the perssure will be off Penicuik in tomorrow's game: Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Manager Craig Meikle says the perssure will be off Penicuik in tomorrow's game: Picture: Phil Wilkinson

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Penicuik Athletic boss Craig Meikle has called on his players to repeat their performance in the shock win over Linlithgow Rose when they take on Super League champions Bo’ness United tomorrow.

Newly-promoted Cuikie surprised everyone in just their second ever Super League match when they beat Rose 2-1 on their own patch two weeks ago – just days after opening the season with a 3-0 defeat by Newtongrange Star.

Penicuik travel to Newtown Park tomorrow with the pressure off according to Meikle, given the Midlothian side aren’t expected to get a result at the home of the champions.

“It’s easy for players to go and play in these games because there is no pressure on us to go there and get a win; we are expected to lose the game,” said Meikle.

“The boys will be up for it, playing in front of a good crowd, so we are hoping to get a similar reaction that we did against Linlithgow. I don’t think Bo’ness will take us as lightly as Linlithgow did. I said to the players that we could catch them by surprise and I think we did that.”

Penicuik crashed to a 4-1 defeat last weekend at home to top-of-the-table Kelty Hearts and are still without a clean sheet after their opening three matches. Meikle said: “If you make mistakes at this level there are players that will punish you.”

Striker Ryan McCallum is expected to be available after a four-month injury lay-off, while Jordan Lister and Blair Dickson are also back in contention after injury. Meikle has also signed former Arbroath striker Danny Rennie, who played as a trialist last weekend while fellow trialist Blair Henderson, who spent time on trial at Hearts last season, is close to agreeing a deal.