Bo’ness defender Ross Campbell keen for game time

Ross Campbell, left, has been in and out the Bo'ness side
Ross Campbell, left, has been in and out the Bo'ness side
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Consecutive postponements have given Bo’ness United defender Ross Campbell crucial time to recover from injury.

Although his team-mates have been left frustrated without a full 90 minutes of action since January 3, the break has given the former Clydebank centre-back the chance to put himself into manager Allan McGonigal’s plans.

Campbell has sat out the last month of action since Bo’ness recorded a 3-2 victory over Camelon at Newtown Park. Their following match away to Broxburn was abandoned at half-time due to snow, with Bo’ness leading 1-0, and their highly anticipated Scottish Junior Cup tie away to holders Hurlford United has so far failed to beat the weather.

A decision will be made on the Ayrshire side’s Blair Park surface tomorrow morning. If the match is forced off for a third time, Bo’ness could host Carnoustie in a Super League fixture if the Angus side’s scheduled match at home to Sauchie is also off.

Campbell is just happy to be back in amongst it after overcoming an ankle injury he picked up against Elgin City in the William Hill Scottish Cup.

“I’ve trained this week and I trained a wee bit last week as well, so I’m feeling a lot better,” he said. “I’m still not 100 percent, but I’m getting there.

“It’s been good that the game has been called off twice for me anyway. It means that I might get the chance to get myself fit to play.”

The Scotland Junior internationalist, who joined Bo’ness from West Super League side Clydebank last January, has been left kicking his heels while on the sidelines. Campbell was a consistent performer towards the end of last season as Bo’ness secured the Super League title, but injuries have so far hampered his progression this campaign.

“It’s not been the best season for me so far in terms of injuries, and I’ve been in and out the squad,” he said.

“I bided my time at the end of last season and got in and I need to reassure myself that I did well when I did come in. I want to get a good run of games again.

“I’ve just been a bit unlucky as I’m not a player that gets injured often.”

A former captain at Clydebank, Campbell spent five years at the Dumbartonshire outfit before making the move to the East Super League.

He’s faced Hurlford before, but not in the same mould as their current status. Hurlford only secured promotion for the first time to the West Super League in 2013 and then shocked many again with their first ever Junior Cup win last season.

“They’ve done well in the last few years,” Campbell said. “I think they’ve had an injection of cash and they’ve been able to bring in players they wanted to bring in before. At this stage in a big competition, any team is going to be a tough challenge.

“We’ll take a lot from the Kelty result in the last round. They were unbeaten before we faced them and top of the league.”

Tomorrow could be midfielder Scott Pittman’s last match in a Bo’ness strip. The star has attracted interest from Championship club Livingston, who are keen to strike a deal before Monday’s deadline.

“Campbell isn’t surprised his team-mate is attracting the attention of a senior club – but admits he’d be a big loss.

He added: “He’s a great player. I first played with him when we went to Ireland with the Scotland juniors. He was a stand out there as well.

His ball retention is second to none – he’s really difficult to get the ball off and he usually does something with it. He’d be a big loss because I think he’s probably been the first name on the team-sheet since he signed. I don’t think he’s even missed a game. When you’ve got someone in your team who is there all the time, it’s obviously going to be a loss when they aren’t there.”