Bo’ness and Nitten in search of a pick-me-up

Newtongrange manager Alan Miller. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Newtongrange manager Alan Miller. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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BO’NESS manager Alan McGonigal reckons both teams will have a point to prove when his side travel to Newtongrange Star in the Super League tomorrow.

The title hopefuls meet at New Victoria Park, having both suffered heavy defeats last weekend.

United, fresh from their stunning Scottish Junior Cup win over holders Auchinleck Talbot, were brought back to earth with a bump as they crashed 3-0 to Bonnyrigg Rose. League leaders Nitten, meanwhile, lost five goals for the second week in a row as Camelon went nap at Carmuirs Park.

McGonigal admitted: “Both teams had a bad day at the office last Saturday so hopefully this week we turn up. We looked tired last week and gave away some really soft goals but Bonnyrigg made us suffer.

“We had players missing but they now have a week’s training now behind them so we have no excuses. (Newtongrange boss) Alan Miller always sets his side up well so we have to be prepared to work hard to get a result.

“We’ve beaten them twice at home by the same scoreline already this season but the games were close.

“There are no easy games in the Super League – you only have to look at a couple of weeks ago when bottom side Tayport beat us then Newtongrange in the Scottish Cup.”

Star will be looking to make it third-time lucky tomorrow after suffering 4-2 defeats to Bo’ness this season in both the league and East of Scotland Cup.

Despite their recent woes, manager Miller is confident his players have the ability to maintain their push for the title.

“We have to be realistic but this squad has already achieved more than any other Newtongrange side in the Super League,” he said.

“The last time we were here we were relegated so take nothing away from these players – they have been terrific.

“We have had a couple of poor results in the last two weeks but teams do go through bad spells. We’re at the top of the table with the top-four clubs, Linlithgow, Bonnyrigg, Bo’ness and Camelon all trailing us so the players can be proud of what they have achieved.

“We’re under no illusions this season. Our job was to establish this club as genuine Super League quality and the players have shown that already.”

Elsewhere in the Super League, Linlithgow face Armadale hoping to get back on track after last week’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Shotts in the Scottish Cup. Boss Mark Bradley, who team remains unbeaten in the league, may make some changes to his line-up.

Bonnyrigg, now back in the chase for the title after their win over Bo’ness last Saturday, play St Andrews at home.

Broxburn are at home to a Dave Baikie-led Tayport side going for their third win in a row. Musselburgh enjoyed a Scottish Cup replay win over Deveronside last weekend but face a different proposition tomorrow when they play a Sauchie side featuring the ex-Dundee United duo of David Winters and Collin Samuel.

Dalkeith hope to see their Scottish Junior Cup third-round tie at home to Hill Of Beath get the go-ahead at the third attempt.

The Fifers have been unhappy following the two postponements so far and contacted the Scottish Junior Football Association demanding a switch to Kier’s Park.

The SJFA have ruled that the match goes ahead at King’s Park tomorrow but, should the game be postponed again, then Dalkeith will be forced to find an alternative local ground to play on.