Harvey aims for fortress Penicuik Park as Lithgae come calling

Penicuik Athletic manager Johnny Harvey has been buoyed by his team's performances since the Super League campaign started. Pic: Greg Macvean

Penicuik Athletic manager Johnny Harvey has been buoyed by his team's performances since the Super League campaign started. Pic: Greg Macvean

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Johnny Harvey wants to make Penicuik Park a place visiting teams fear, starting with tomorrow’s Super League clash against Linlithgow Rose.

Penicuik were denied victory in their first home game of the season when Musselburgh grabbed a late equaliser in Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw and Cuikie boss Harvey is aiming to make their home ground a fortress as he experiences his first season on the touchline in the top flight.

Rose travel to Midlothian in a tailspin, with their manager David McGlynn under fire after suffering shock back-to-back losses against Broughty Athletic and Camelon in their opening two games of the campaign. All the pressure will be on Rose to secure the points and Harvey aims to make it an intimidating occasion for their visitors.

“You want to get a reputation that people don’t want to come and play you at home,” said Harvey. ‘That’s the message I’ll be relaying to the players, that when people come to Penicuik they leave with nothing. You need to take a wee bit of pride in playing in front of your home fans.

“It was surprising to see Linithgow get beaten twice this week, but anyone can beat anyone in this league. It doesn’t mean Linlithgow aren’t a good side. They’ve got excellent players and it’s going to be a right big ask for us to go and beat them.

“I came up against Davy as a South Division manager and ran his teams close. He’s getting a lot of slack just now, but he’s a good manager and a good coach.”

Penicuik’s all-time top goalscorer has been encouraged by the start they’ve made in their first two matches, with a 3-2 win away at Jeanfield preceding the draw against Mussy.

Harvey added: “We took a couple of hidings in pre-season and we might still take a couple of hidings trying to get to where we want to by changing the style of play.

“I said to the players as long as we peaked on August 6, it didn’t matter about pre-season results. I thought for the first half on Saturday we were as good as I’ve seen.”