MAX CHRISTIE admits Bonnyrigg will have to overcome their “bogey team” if they are to maintain their Super League title push tomorrow.
Rose, just a point off the top, host Camelon – a side Christie has never beaten as boss.
The New Dundas Park outfit have been held in their last two games – a 0-0 stalemate against Ballingry preceded last weekend’s fightback for a 2-2 draw with champions Linlithgow Rose – and Christie is demanding victory over the Mariners tomorrow.
“We must get more points under our belts if we are to have any chance of taking the title,” said Christie. “We’ve dropped four points in our last two games against Ballingry and Linlithgow so need to recover. Camelon, though, have been a bogey side for me especially. I have never beaten them since I came here as boss.
“If we seriously want to win the title then this is the type of game where we need to take all three points. There is surely to be some bad weather coming our way and, if we already have points in the bag when matches are postponed, then our chances would be all the better for it.”
Champions two seasons ago, Bonnyrigg are in a terrific position to strike for the title again. They sit a point behind leaders Newtongrange, although Star have a game in hand. Title holders Linlithgow (fourth) and near neighbours Bo’ness (third) are all in the frame having only played 13 and 14 games respectively. Danny Smith’s Camelon, meanwhile, are in sixth place, 13 points off the pace but with four games in hand over leaders Newtongrange.
After a slow start to the season, Rose have come roaring back to lead the division briefly and are yet to taste defeat on their travels.
“Titles aren’t won in January,” warned Christie, “but the more points you have before midweek games take their toll, the better your chances. That’s why I have told the players we need to break our hoodoo and beat Camelon.
“Our squad is getting back to what it should be with Alex King and Kris Renton getting more game time under their belts. The subs we used last Saturday against Linlithgow changed the game for us and they have given me more options in our line-up.
“We showed great character to fight back for a draw last week. Every club needs players like that, players with character, and we have Ross Archibald who is a classic example. He never misses training and we play him in all sorts of positions and he never complains. He’s a great example of what players can achieve in football.”
Elsewhere in the Super League, leaders Newtongrange are looking for their revival to continue when they face Lochee United at New Victoria Park. Linlithgow look on paper to have a straightforward game against bottom-of-the-table Tayport. However, the Fifers are managed by former Prestonfield boss Dave Baikie and he may be looking to settle some old scores.
Musselburgh are in Carnoustie with boss David McGlynn fine-tuning his squad ahead of next week’s Scottish Junior Cup tie against West Super League side Glenafton.
Bo’ness are at Armadale where manager Alan McGonigal may also have one eye on next weekend’s Cup clash against fellow Super League side St Andrews. Broxburn, in fifth place, are away to Kelty.