Juniors: Penicuik eye seven in a row

Craig Meikle's Penicuik are flying. Pic: PHIL WILKINSON
Craig Meikle's Penicuik are flying. Pic: PHIL WILKINSON
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PENICUIK ATHLETIC boss Craig Meikle is looking to complete a ‘magnificent seven’ when his side host Pumpherston in the Premier League tomorrow.

After losing their opening game of the season at home to Kirriemuir Thistle, Meikle’s men have won six in a row to move into second spot, just one point behind leaders Bathgate. He’s keen for the run to continue tomorrow but admits Pumpherston will prove tricky opponents.

“It’s been a much better start to our league campaign than last season,” said Meikle. “The start we’ve had gives us something to build on, something we didn’t have last year when we came with a good run at the end of the season.

“As for tomorrow’s game against Pumpherston, I just don’t know what to expect. They get hammered by Bathgate one week then, last weekend, forced Bo’ness into an injury-time winner in the East of Scotland Cup.”

Penicuik’s fine start has the squad believing this could be their year to win promotion to the top-flight.

“There’s a buzz about the place,” said Meikle. “The players feel we have something and it’s our time now. We feel we can win the Premier League and go up to the Super League and not disgrace ourselves.

“If we keep ourselves focused tomorrow then we’ll get a result and keep the pressure on Bathgate. It’s going to be a big couple of weeks for Bathgate and ourselves.

“Our only doubt for tomorrow is Grant Killin, who pulled a hammy last Saturday.”

Bathgate are at home to Jeanfield Swifts tomorrow, looking to add to their astonishing plus 25-goal tally.

Dalkieth travel to Broughty with Brian McNaughton taking over from Jack Lynch, as assistant coach. McNaughton was a Scottish Cup winner when in charge of Whitburn.

Arniston have struggled since they came back up to the Premier League and face a tough game at Glenrothes where they look set to be without key man Tadg Moriarty through injury.