Bo’ness have been handed the toughest tie of them all in the third round of the Scottish Junior Cup, after being drawn at home to holders Auchinleck Talbot.
After learning his side will host Auchinleck for the third time in as many seasons, Bo’ness boss Alan McGonigal said he was happy with the home draw, adding: “If you are going to win the Scottish, at some time in the run in you will have to face sides like Auchinleck.
“We have had problems against them a couple of seasons ago but this season we have a very good squad who I feel can compete with any team.”
Auchinleck have had a stranglehold over East Super League sides in recent years with wins over Musselburgh, Bo’ness and last season, Linlithgow.
Linlithgow are at home to the side they beat in last season’s semi-finals, Shotts Bon Accord. They ran the Rose close last season but lost most of their squad pre season.”
Rose manager Mark Bradley is also happy with the home draw.
“We’ll take it from there and prepare for the game as we always do, properly. They have changed their personnel a lot with last season’s players now at a lot of different clubs. A home tie though is good for the club, good for the supporters and good for the players.”
Selected Junior Cup 3rd round ties featuring East clubs (ties scheduled for Saturday, November 23, kick-off 2pm): Bo’ness v Auchinleck; Linlithgow Rose v Shotts Bon Accord; Newtongrange v Tayport; Dundonald v Harthill; Livingston v Penicuik; Dalkeith v Hill Of Beath; Irvine Meadow v Fauldhouse; Deveronside v Musselburgh; Dunbar v Arthurlie.