Juniors: Bonnyrigg and Bo’ness set for ‘close one’

Former Hearts player Robert Sloan, right, is challenged by a Bo'ness player in the first match. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Former Hearts player Robert Sloan, right, is challenged by a Bo'ness player in the first match. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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It’s the long-awaited Scottish Junior Cup first round replay between Bo’ness and Bonnyrigg tomorrow and it promises to be a sell-out. Bo’ness came back twice in the first game, a game they dominated.

Manager Alan McGonigal is expecting another hard game. “In the first game we we’re on top and they caught us with a couple of soft goals. Stuart Hunter gave us a lifeline, but we don’t want that again.

“It could be another really close game, because Bonnyrigg will have taken a lot of confidence from that result and will be here looking to finish us off. We’ll have to be careful.

Bonnyrigg manager Max Christie is preparing his squad for another battle. “We let Bo’ness back into the game with almost the last kick of the ball two weeks ago and have to make sure that doesn’t happen tomorrow.

“Paul Currie is banned, but we may have Ross Archibald back from illness.

“We caught them on the break in the first game and we may need to be prepared to do that again, but we’ve won there before and we go into the game with a lot of confidence.”

In the Super League, Newtongrange are looking to stretch their lead at the top of the table while Linlithgow are on cup duties.

However, they face the tricky trip over the Forth to play Hill Of Beath – never an easy game.

The Star, though, will have their two internationalists, Sean Jamieson and Paul Tansey, back from their travels.

Musselburgh are at home to Camelon, who, under manager Danny Smith, are a team in form.

Davy McGlynn, the Musselburgh boss, has rebuilt his squad and once again made Olivebank a stronghold, meaning it could be a very close game.

Broxburn, who already look safe from relegation, travel to St Andrews, buoyed with the form of youngster Scott Pittman.

In the Premier League, Penicuik play their first game since the tragic death of physio Jeff Gray.

They are in Perth for their game against Kinnoull and it will be a testing time for the Penicuik squad, many of whom were personal friends of Gray.

Bathgate, meanwhile, are at Kirriemuir looking for points in their battle against Penicuik for top spot.