Free-scoring Broxburn urged to go for goals but watch at the back

Ryan Baptie has signed for Broxburn on loan
Ryan Baptie has signed for Broxburn on loan
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Broxburn Athletic boss Max Christie has called on his players to continue their hot goalscoring form when they visit Musselburgh Athletic tomorrow.

The Albyn Park men hit Camelon for five last week, joining Penicuik Athletic as second top goal scorers in the Super League behind top-of-the table Kelty Hearts.

All five came after a goalless first half, with Broxburn, sat sixth, ruthless in demonstrating their firepower.

“I think we’ve been threatening a result like that for a while,” said Christie. “It was quite a tight first half with both teams having chances to go ahead, then in the second half we played great and scored a few. It was a great win.

“Scoring goals has never been the problem, it’s been keeping them out, although we are starting to get better at that I think. We had a clean sheet against Bo’ness and I thought in the game against Kelty [2-0 loss in Fife] we were really unlucky.

“We’ve not done particularly well against Musselburgh recently so we’ll need to give a better account of ourselves than we did last time [beaten 5-1]. They gave us a doing at our park and we let ourselves down. We’ll need to be firing if we’re going to get anything from the game because they are a good side.”

Christie has bolstered his squad by bringing in former Hibs youngster Ryan Baptie on loan from Peterhead. The 22-year-old left-back made a big impression in a similar move at Linlithgow Rose last season, playing a key role as the Prestonfield side reached the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

Christie added: “He’s a good footballer. He has got a good left foot and good delivery, we are pleased to have him. He needed regular games so Jim McInally [Peterhead boss] has given him on the understanding that he can recall him right away if needed.”