Ballingry fold but Meikle has no sympathy

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Penicuik Athletic boss Craig Meikle admits he has no sympathy with Ballingry Rovers after it was announced that the Super League club were to fold due to financial trouble.

Penicuik have moved up to third place in the Super League as a result of the Fife club’s demise – Penicuik having lost at Ore Park earlier in the season and with Linlithgow Rose and Musselburgh Athletic having beaten Ballingry, those points have become null and void.

Meikle points back to the Premier League season of 2012-13 when Ballingry secured promotion to the Super League ahead of Penicuik as being the reason for his unsympathetic view, however he does sympathise with their players.

“I don’t sympathise with Ballingry as a club. However, I do feel for their players,” he said.

“We lost out on promotion a couple of years back because Ballingry were throwing about money like confetti and the kind of wages they were paying were never sustainable by any junior club, never mind a team in Fife that don’t get massive crowds.

“If you are going to gamble with the running of your club, you’ve got to pay the price when the gamble doesn’t pay off.

“Penicuik pride’s itself on running the club the right way and living within our means.”

Super League champions Bo’ness United have dropped down a place to eighth as a result, with the BUs having beaten Ballingry last month and so they lose the three points. Broxburn Athletic lost to the Fife side earlier in the season and so remain on 16 points.