Penicuik lining up home run to promotion

Craig Meikle believes his team are ready to compete in Junior football's top flight

Craig Meikle believes his team are ready to compete in Junior football's top flight

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TITLE-CHASING Penicuik are eyeing victory in tomorrow’s Midlothian derby at Dalkeith before concentrating on a run of crucial home matches which could see them clinch promotion to the Super League.

Athletic are four points behind Premier League leaders Fauldhouse with a game in hand and come full-time tomorrow, they will have faced all their main rivals away from home.

Those teams are yet to travel to Penicuik Park and, with Craig Meikle’s men having won seven of eight home matches so far this season, the player-manager is in confident mood for the league run-in.

“We’ve put ourselves in a great position after having played against al the top seven clubs away from home already,” said Meikle, who will miss tomorrow’s game at King’s Park through injury.

“We have a good record at home with all those top clubs having to come to Penicuik. Here at Penicuik we feel we are a Super League club in the making.

“I’ve been manager for four years now and I feel we are getting better every season and now would be a great chance to see how we could do against the big clubs week in, week out.”

Dalkeith will be led by Stevie Myatt and Brian McNaughton tomorrow as boss Willie Pearson will be on holiday.

Pearson insists his team, who are only four points behind Penicuik, are also in the hunt for an automatic promotion slots.

He said: “Promotion would be a great reward for all the hard work everyone at the club has done over the years. We have steadily got better and better and a place in the Super League ... we would settle for that.

“Penicuik are another side looking for promotion so it’s a must-win for both clubs. I reckon both clubs have squads who could do nicely in the Super League.”

Elsewhere tomorrow, leaders Fauldhouse are in Perth for their game against Jeanfield Swifts. Arniston travel to Dundee Violet while struggling Pumpherston are away to Broughty Athletic.

Bathgate, who have faltered in recent games, will be looking for a return to form when they visit Kinnoull, while Livingston have a home fixture against in-form Oakley.