Juniors: Penicuik targeting Scottish Cup run

Penicuik manager Craig Meikle. Pic: Phil Wilkinson

Penicuik manager Craig Meikle. Pic: Phil Wilkinson

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PENICUIK boss Craig Meikle is hoping that a win over Livingston United in the Scottish Junior Cup tomorrow can give his team a boost as they target promotion to the Super League.

The Midlothian side currently sit fifth in the Premier League, just four points behind leaders Bathgate. Meikle was unhappy at his team’s 3-2 defeat to Broughty Athletic in their last fixture and is expecting a major improvement in this weekend’s third-round tie.

“It’s always hard going to Livingston to get a result, but if we play as we can, then we’ll get through,” said Meikle.

“It was a really poor performance from us against Broughty, but you get that type of result at least once in a season, so let’s hope that’s it out of the way.

“A good run in the Scottish Cup gives everyone at the club a lift and to get into the latter stages of the competition would give us a huge boost for the run-in to the end of the season.”

Linlithgow Rose host Shotts Bon Accord after last week’s match was postponed. Prestonfield manager Mark Bradley should benefit from having an extra seven days to prepare his team for the match against the 2012 winners, whom Rose beat in last season’s semi-finals.

Fellow Super League side Musselburgh face a replay against Banffshire opponents Deveronside, who staged a late fightback to earn a 3-3 draw last weekend.

Musselburgh were the victims of some poor refereeing in the first match and, with striker Matti King on the verge of scoring his 100th goal, the home side will be desperate to set the record straight.

Dalkeith play Super League opposition when they come face to face with Hill of Beath. It’s a hard draw for Willie Pearson’s men, but home advantage will help.