Juniors: Bo’ness playing for keeps

Bo'ness United are ready for another battle. Picture: Lsia McPhillips

Bo'ness United are ready for another battle. Picture: Lsia McPhillips

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BO’NESS UNITED’S players broke Ballingry Rovers boss Stevie Kay’s heart several times before this season even started – and tomorrow they aim to leave him disappointed again.

Kay heads for Newtown Park this weekend with his Super League new boys struggling to find their feet in the top flight.

The manager, who took over from Dave Baikie, inherited a threadbare squad and made several attempts to recruit players from Bo’ness during the summer. These approaches were all rebuffed, though, as Bo’ness manager Alan McGonigal revealed.

“When Stevie took over from Dave Baikie he was well short of players,” said McGonigal. “I know Stevie well and he was asking for players from us but all my guys come from this side of the water and wouldn’t move.

“He’s got together a squad that may be lacking some confidence but I expect them to give us a hard game tomorrow. Pumpherston gave us a hard game last week in the East of Scotland Cup because they dug in and Ballingry could give us something of the same.”

McGonigal, whose side sit a point behind leaders and fierce rivals Linlithgow in the table, is looking for his team to bounce back from their defeat at Camelon in their last league fixture – his side’s first reverse of the season.

“We had a great start to the season only to trip up last week against Camelon but that’s football for you,” he mused.

“You think you are doing well, then it comes round and slaps you in the face to remind you that its football you’re playing.

“We’ll be looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat and I think we have the players here to do that.”

Bo’ness have been boosted after they secured a deal to use training facilities at the Falkirk Stadium.

McGonigal revealed: “The club have a new arrangement with Falkirk to use their new training facilities and they are superb. We can train there twice a week regardless of the weather.”

Linlithgow are at home to a much-improved Musselburgh side flying high after last week’s demolition of Ballingry.

Musselburgh used last season to rebuild and the fruits of manager David McGlynn’s labour are clear as they have once again become a force to be reckoned with.

Linlithgow though are on a high too after their tremendous win over Nairn in the William Hill, so it will be a severe test for McGlynn’s youngsters.

Bonnyrigg enjoyed a thumping 4-0 win over Haddington last week but will find the opposition much harder when Sauchie come to town. Bonnyrigg have dropped too many points at this early point in the season and once again they may have to look for cup success this year.

Newtongrange Star travel to fellow-promoted side Tayport, who have struggled to find any kind of form this season. Newtongrange on the other hand have slotted back into the Super League like they had never been away. Some cracking results have brought back the smile to their supporters’ faces and once again the future looks rosy for Alan Miller’s side.

Broxburn are at home to Carnoustie.