Newtongrange boss: Something has to give

Allan Miller. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Allan Miller. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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Newtongrange Star manager Alan Miller admits something will have to give when his top-of-the-table side travel to Fife to take on a resurgent Kelty Hearts.

Kelty have turned the form table around from last season.

The Jambos battled it out with Premier League Dalkeith in a play-off to preserve their Super League status after struggling at the bottom end of the table last season, but sit in second place after an impressive start.

Both sides go in to tomorrow’s match unbeaten in the league with just a point separating them at the league summit and Miller is expecting a difficult fixture.

“Something has to give,” said Miller. “Unless it’s a draw and we can both go away happy with an unbeaten run.

“It’s clearly a difficult fixture – they’ve started the season on fire and are doing well. They’ve made an awful lot of signings and they have a striker in Stuart Cargill who is scoring a lot of goals and they have a lot of options.

“Tam [Courts, Kelty manager] has done well since going in there and he has built a good squad of players – they’ll be a tough nut tomorrow.”

Nitten eased into the Junior Cup third round last weekend with a 4-0 win away to Greenock and Miller is delighted that they have maintained an unbeaten run so far, but is anticipating ‘disappointments’ at some stage.

He said: “I’m pretty sure there will be one or two disappointments in the season, but we just need to be prepared for that and get over it if it does come – at the moment we are doing fine though.”

Defender Guy Kerr is the only absentee for the visitors tomorrow. He is expected to be out for several weeks after a medial ligament tear.

Elsewhere in the Super League tomorrow, Bonnyrigg Rose play host to Penicuik Athletic at New Dundas Park with both sides having won their respective Junior Cup ties last weekend, while Musselburgh Athletic meet Ballingry Rovers at Oilvebank.