Without the distraction of the William Hill Scottish Cup and the Junior Cup, Bo’ness United boss Allan McGonigal says his side are focused on Super League success.
The BUs made history in the Senior competition last season when they reached the fourth round for the first time, but their lucrative cup run had a detrimental effect on their league form, with Kelty Hearts able to build up what proved to be an unassailable lead as Bo’ness ended the season six points behind the champions.
The Newtown Park men have had a mixed start to this season’s campaign – they sit fourth in the table, three points off leaders Bonnyrigg and are already out the Junior Cup.
“All our focus is on the league this season. Sometimes you go out of things for a reason and hopefully that’s the case,” he said.
“The bizarre thing is we are sitting fourth and the way we are looking at it we’ve had a poor season. Anybody else sitting in fourth would probably be jumping through hoops so that just shows you how far we have come in the short time we’ve been here.
“If we can string a few results together then we won’t be far away from the mix that’s for sure.”
Bo’ness host fellow title chasers Penicuik Athletic tomorrow afternoon and McGonigal is hoping to head into the two-week festive break with a winning momentum, but knows the threat Craig Meikle’s side pose with Penicuik having triumphed 2-1 at home in September.
He said: “They are always a difficult team and they’ve done well. He’s got them well organised and they’ve got a few goals about them. It’s at home and if we were to get the win it would certainly give us a wee confidence booster going into the break.”
Striker Darren Cummings has been transferred back to his former club Sauchie while defender Connor McGregor has left to join Whitehill Welfare.
Elsewhere, Arniston Rangers take on Neilston in their Junior Cup third round replay with the tie switched to Tranent’s Foresters Park. Musselburgh host Sauchie at Olivebank while Linlithgow visit Newtongrange Star at New Victoria Park.