Bo’ness United remain in pole position in the race for the East Region Super League after a 4-1 home victory against Sauchie.
Stuart Hunter, Darren Gribben and Steven Hislop all had chances to put Bo’ness ahead, but it took the BUs until the 29th minute to make the breakthrough. Stuart Hunter headed on a Paul Murphy free-kick cross and the ball landed at the feet of Chris Donnelly, who shot home from the edge of the box.
The lead was short-lived as only six minutes later Sauchie equaliser. Alan Comrie played the ball to former Trinidad and Tobago internationalist Collin Samuel and he rounded Mark Peat to slot the visitors back into the game.
Just into the second half Sauchie might have gone ahead when Gary Carroll missed a good chance at the far post, but it was Bo’ness who regained the lead in 53 minutes when Ian Nimmo celebrated 100 games for Bo’ness by volleying in from inside the box.
Andy Munro then headed over from a Tony Stevenson corner and Sauchie enjoyed possession for a while until with two minutes remaining, Bo’ness clinched the win. Kieran Anderson was a late substitute and he won the ball 25 yards from goal to shoot low into the bottom corner of the net.
In time added on, the cherry on the cake was provided as Nicky Walker fired low across the goal and Gribben gathered to round Bryn Halliwell before putting in on the line.
Bo’ness have three games remaining – one of which is against Linlithgiw Rose – and five points should be enough to see them finish as Super League champions.
Bo’ness: Peat, Nimmo, Devine, Murphy, Hunter, Campbell, Walker, Sloan (A Scott 71), Hislop (Anderson 81), Donnelly (C Scott 71), Gribben Subs: Miller, Baillie.
Sauchie: Halliwell, McCulloch, Syme, King, Munro, Stevenson (Cummings 75), Bonar (Bonnes 81), Trialist, Carroll (Hendrie 86), Comrie, Samuel Subs: Tully