Bo’ness boss believes Junior title race is all over

Newtongrange Star are flying high at the top of the Super League. Alan McGonigal, below, believes they won't be caught
Newtongrange Star are flying high at the top of the Super League. Alan McGonigal, below, believes they won't be caught
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Bo’ness boss Alan McGonigal says his team are no more than ‘dark horses’ for the Super League title, insisting that leaders Newtongrange Star won’t be caught in the championship race.

Despite being just six points behind Star with two games in hand, McGonigal is adamant his side’s push for Scottish Junior Cup glory will hamper their league bid, leaving Newtongrange to take the crown under the stewardship of the experienced Alan Miller.

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Bo’ness, who are still waiting to learn their next cup opponents as Girvan and Rutherglen Glencairn are yet to meet in the fourth round, travel to Bonnyrigg on league business tomorrow. While targeting three points from the match, McGonigal fears Newtongrange may be out of sight at the top. “If I’m honest, I think the Super League is already won,” he said. “I’ve told the players and committee that I think it’ll be too hard for us to maintain our peak of form on two fronts, the Scottish Cup and the Super League.”

Newtongrange have had a great season and have a good, experienced man at the helm. They have gone about their business in a professional manner and bagged the points when they could.

“I think the chasing pack are just that – a chasing pack with no chance of catching the leaders. I consider Camelon and ourselves as the dark horses in the race but, if Newtongrange keep going the way they have been, then we are also in that chasing pack.

“Our supporters have to remember that this season we’ve had a huge rebuilding job. When I was at the club before, we were winning cups and leagues but that has changed and we had a big job on our hands to build a side capable of doing that again. We’ve brought in some quality players to add to the good players we had already and things are gradually getting better but I think its too big a job to keep going on two fronts.”

Bonnyrigg must avoid any more slip-ups if they are to maintain any hope of winning the league. Max Christie’s men are eight points adrift on Newtongrange, making tomorrow’s match at New Dundas Park one neither side can afford to lose.

Newtongrange look, on paper at least, to have a good chance of maintaining their lead at the top when they play host to strugglers Carnoustie Panmure, who sit in 12th spot in the table.

Champions Linlithgow travel to Armadale looking to change a horrible run of form. Last week, there was a big improvement in performance against Hill of Beath but Mark Bradley’s men still lost 2-1 at home, making it five points out of a possible 21.

Musselburgh travel to Albyn Park to face a Broxburn side high in confidence after beating Linlithgow in their last match.

Burgh, too, are in fine fettle after securing a 3–3 draw at home to Bo’ness last time out. Striker Michael McKenna has been in terrific form since his call-up to the Scotland squad last October and is believed to be attracting the attention of senior clubs.