Juniors: Bo’ness told to forget Cup heroics

Bo'ness players are still buzzing from last week's win over Auchinleck. Pic: JOEY KELLY

Bo'ness players are still buzzing from last week's win over Auchinleck. Pic: JOEY KELLY

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BO’NESS boss Alan McGonigal has ordered his team to forget last weekend’s epic Scottish Junior Cup win over Auchinleck Talbot as they face a crucial Super League clash with Bonnyrigg Rose tomorrow.

A Steven Hislop strike gave United victory over the holders and ten-times winners Talbot in front of almost 1500 fans at Newtown Park.

McGonigal’s men have no time to rest on their laurels, however, as they bid to keep their title bid on track. Bo’ness sit fifth in the table, ten points behind leaders Newtongrange Star, but with three games in hand.

Tomorrow’s opponents took Bo’ness to a replay in the first round of the Junior Cup, so McGonigal is in no doubt about the task which awaits his team.

“We have to remain focused for this game tomorrow,” said McGonigal. “Last week was last week. We’re now back to reality and have to get back on track in the league.

“We had a horrible defeat at Tayport the week before the Talbot game, so we mustn’t forget that. I’m looking for the players to maintain last week’s momentum because this Bonnyrigg side will feel it could easily have been them who faced Auchinleck.

“It’s probably a good game to follow last week’s result because the players know how hard it is to beat Bonnyrigg and they can’t allow concentration to slip.

“Teams will come here looking to give us a real game of it, so it’s up to the squad to deliver for the supporters, who were fantastic last Saturday, and themselves. We enjoyed last weekend, but that’s history now.”

Bonnyrigg have bounced back well from their Junior Cup defeat to Bo’ness and sit in fourth place above tomorrow’s rivals. They did suffer a drop in form immediately after those games, but boss Max Christie has turned them around with a string of good results lately, none more so than last weeks 3-0 demolition of Broxburn, with full-back Ross Archibald getting a hat-trick.

Archibald is anticipating a great clash tomorrow. “This game tomorrow will be as tough as it gets,” he said. “They will be on a high after last week’s great result and we have to congratulate them, but tomorrow’s a whole different ball game. We’ve hit some form right now and, with Kris Renton coming back into contention, we believe we have the game for Bo’ness.

“I scored a hat-trick last week and it was good considering I play at full-back!

“It was a good result for us last week, but we’re just going about quietly doing our business and letting other sides worry about us.”

Leaders Newtongrange, who hold a six-point lead over Linlithgow, travel to Camelon under a cloud following last week’s 5-1 Junior Cup defeat at home to Tayport. Manager Alan Miller takes his squad to Carmuirs Park with his words from last Saturday still ringing in their ears,

“Last Saturday wasn’t acceptable and there will have to be a good response from the players against Camelon,” said Miller.

“People talk about sides bouncing back from a poor defeat, but we shouldn’t have to look for that. The players are good enough to win away at Sauchie, but then [to] produce a display like last Saturday just isn’t good enough.

“Camelon, with Danny Smith in charge, will be ruthless if we allow them to be. We’re in a good position in the league just now and we can’t afford to let it slip. Other sides that are chasing us are still on Scottish Cup duties, so we have to take advantage and open up a gap at the top.

“Bo’ness and Bonnyrigg are playing against each other, so points will be dropped there for one or both sides. We have to step up a gear and not let last week’s performance prey on our minds.”

A Steven Hislop strike gave United victory over the holders and ten-times winners Talbot in front of almost 1500 fans at Newtown Park.

McGonigal’s men have no time to rest on their laurels, however, as they bid to keep their title bid on track. Bo’ness sit fifth in the table, ten points behind leaders Newtongrange Star, but with three games in hand.

Tomorrow’s opponents took Bo’ness to a replay in the first round of the Junior Cup, so McGonigal is in no doubt about the task which awaits his team.

“We have to remain focused for this game tomorrow,” said McGonigal. “Last week was last week. We’re now back to reality and have to get back on track in the league.

“We had a horrible defeat at Tayport the week before the Talbot game, so we mustn’t forget that. I’m looking for 
the players to maintain last week’s momentum because this Bonnyrigg side will feel it could easily have been them who faced Auchinleck.

“It’s probably a good game to follow last week’s result 
because the players know how hard it is to beat Bonnyrigg and they can’t allow concentration to slip.

“Teams will come here looking to give us a real game of it, so it’s up to the squad to deliver for the supporters, who were fantastic last Saturday, and themselves. We enjoyed last weekend, but that’s history now.”

Bonnyrigg have bounced back well from their Junior Cup defeat to Bo’ness and sit in fourth place above tomorrow’s rivals. They did suffer a drop in form immediately after those games, but boss Max Christie has turned them around with a string of good results lately, none more so than last weeks 3-0 demolition of Broxburn, with full-back Ross Archibald getting a hat-trick.

Archibald is anticipating a great clash tomorrow. “This game tomorrow will be as tough as it gets,” he said. “They 
will be on a high after last week’s great result and we have to congratulate them, but tomorrow’s a whole different ball game. We’ve hit some form right now and, with Kris Renton coming back into 
contention, we believe we have the game for Bo’ness.

“I scored a hat-trick last week and it was good considering I play at full-back!

“It was a good result for us last week, but we’re just going about quietly doing our business and letting other sides worry about us.”

Leaders Newtongrange, who hold a six-point lead over 
Linlithgow, travel to Camelon under a cloud following last week’s 5-1 Junior Cup defeat at home to Tayport. Manager Alan Miller takes his squad to Carmuirs Park with his words from last Saturday still ringing in their ears,

“Last Saturday wasn’t acceptable and there will have to be a good response from the players against Camelon,” said Miller.

“People talk about sides bouncing back from a poor 
defeat, but we shouldn’t have to look for that. The players are good enough to win away at Sauchie, but then [to] produce a display like last Saturday just isn’t good enough.

“Camelon, with Danny Smith in charge, will be ruthless if we allow them to be. We’re in a good position in the league just now and we can’t afford to let it slip. Other sides that are chasing us are still on Scottish Cup duties, so we have to take advantage and open up a gap at the top.

“Bo’ness and Bonnyrigg are playing against each other, so points will be dropped there for one or both sides. We have to step up a gear and not let last week’s performance prey on our minds.”