SUPER LEAGUE champions Bonnyrigg almost saw their debut in the Senior ranks called off due to a lack of pitch markings at Stirling University.
The Midlothian club travelled to Stirling in the East of Scotland Qualifying League Cup but the game almost never took place.
When Bonnyrigg arrived at the ground there was no-one to meet them, no changing rooms and the lining on the pitch had been washed away by the heavy rains. The referee instructed the home officials that unless the lines were redrawn the game would not go ahead. Sanity prevailed and the game kicked-off half an hour late.
Bonnyrigg dominated running up a two-nil half-time lead with goals from Lee Currie and Adam Nelson before Kieron McGachie, Neil Martinuik (penalty) and substitute Keith Lough added more. Matty Brown scored a consolation goal for the University side.
Bonnyrigg manager David White was delighted with his taste of Senior football.
“It’s been a while since the decision was taken but now that Senior football is here we’re very happy with our first result and the football we played. It’s going to be a long and hard season for us but one to look forward to.”
Lothian Thistle were down in the borders at Tweedmouth and thanks to a double from Kevin Brown came back up the road with three points.
Linlithgow were held to a scoreless draw at Crossgates while Newtongrange ran up a 6-0 thrashing of Craigroyston.
Penicuik faced one of last season’s opposition with Sauchie as their opponents but a superb hat-trick from striker Aaron Somerville in his 100th appearance for the club gave them a comfortable win. A much changed Dalkieth side had a 1-0 win at home to Heriot-Watt thanks to an own goal from a central defender.
There were goals aplenty elsewhere with Blackburn hitting seven without reply against a struggling Arniston Rangers side, Tranent wining 6-1 against Hawick and Edinburgh scoring seven in their game against Eyemouth.
Broxburn were another side facing last season’s opposition when they faced Dundonald and ran up a fine 2-1 win.