Penicuik boss lays down gauntlet to men ahead of Kelty clash

Penicuik Athletic manager Johnny Harvey

Penicuik Athletic manager Johnny Harvey

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Penicuik Athletic boss Johnny Harvey has challenged his free-scoring side to take points off league leaders Kelty Hearts this weekend.

The Cuikie are in scintillating form having struck an incredible 29 goals in their last five matches but face their sternest test of the season so far at home to top-of-the-table Kelty tomorrow. Harvey is under no illusions as to how difficult it will be for his side – who sit fourth – to take anything off the Fife outfit, who have won their opening eight Super League matches. However, he has belief that his team can upset the odds.

“We need to be quietly confident although we know how good a team Kelty are,” said Harvey. “It doesn’t matter if we had won ten on the bounce we’d still go into the game as underdogs. They are a top side, who have got quality players.

“If you are a Kelty supporter or part of their management team, regardless of who they are playing in Junior football, they probably have an expectation to win the game. I’ve got that, but I need to be a bit more realistic with it.

“We’ll go and try and match them and, if we do the right things that we have over the past few weeks, who knows?

“I want to challenge my players to take points off the top teams – I would hate to be at a club where I didn’t have any expectations at all.”

Elsewhere, Calvin Shand takes his Musselburgh Athletic side to Carnoustie on the back of a spectacular 5-1 win at Broxburn Athletic last weekend. Burgh and Penicuik both received byes for the first round of the Scottish Junior Cup which takes place tomorrow.

Newtongrange Star are desperate for a result to kick-start their season after a poor start to the campaign, but face a tough cup trip to West Super League First side Irvine Victoria. Bo’ness United host Bellshill Athletic, while Max Christie’s Broxburn will need to be back to their best to beat West Super League Premier outfit Glenafton. Haddington host West top-flight opposition in the form of Troon, while Easthouses Lily and Dunbar United travel to North Division clubs Kirriemuir Thistle and Thornton Hibs respectively.