Newtongrange aim to trip up first footers Kelty

Newtongrange manager Alan Miller
Newtongrange manager Alan Miller
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Newtongrange Star boss Alan Miller admits first-footing Super League champions Kelty Hearts for their opening Super League match of 2016 couldn’t be any more difficult.

The manager at New Victoria Park expects the Fife outfit to go all the way in the title race this season and reckons if any side were to finish above Kelty or league leaders Bonnyrigg Rose then they would likely finish top of the pile.

Miller expects the Fife outfit to go all the way in the title race this season and reckons if any side were to finish above Kelty or league leaders Bonnyrigg Rose then they would likely finish top of the pile.

Miller is hoping to put a dent in Kelty’s title hopes when they visit tomorrow, while continuing their own progress up the table with Star sitting seventh.

“I’m looking at our recent Super League form and it’s been good in terms of how many games we’ve won,” said Miller. “It’s just a shame that after getting the result against Broxburn we had a break of three or four weeks before we played Linlithgow and then we won against them and we’ve had the same length of break before we go back again. When you’re winning you want to keep on playing and gaining momentum, so it’s been a challenge for us in that regard.

“It’s an open league and from what I’ve seen the most consistent sides have been Kelty and Bonnyrigg. If anybody finishes above those two, they’ll probably win the league. We have an awful lot of ground to make up if we are going to be considered as challengers.”

Consecutive fourth-place finishes have consolidated Star’s position in the top flight and despite a disappointing first half to the season, Miller is hopeful his side can still make progress in this campaign.

Pointing to the fact Star have beaten Kelty and Linlithgow Rose already this season, Miller added: “Despite our bad start I still think that we can demonstrate progress. We’ve beaten Kelty and Linlithgow already and we are now showing our capability in the bigger games, it’s in some of the other games that we’ve let ourselves down.”

Elsewhere, Bonnyrigg bid to maintain their one-point lead at the top of the table when they visit Broughty Athletic, while second place Musselburgh will be looking to take advantage of any slip up with a trip to Fauldhouse. Bo’ness United host Tayport at Newtown Park.