Title hopes as well as local bragging rights are at stake when Newtongrange Star welcome Bonnyrigg Rose to New Victoria Park for tomorrow’s Midlothian derby.
Nitten are currently top of the Super League, four points clear of Bonnyrigg, who sit joint second with Bo’ness.
With Linlithgow also lurking ominously in behind, Bonnyrigg in particular can ill-afford any more slip-ups after losing to a disputed penalty at home to Camelon in their last league outing a fortnight ago.
Manager Max Christie said: “This is a huge game for us. We need to win to peg Newtongrange back into the pack. The Camelon defeat was hard to take because we believe it was the wrong decision to give the penalty.
“Newtongrange have bounced back from a lean spell and we’ll need to be at our best to get the result we want.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a must-win game because there is still a long way to go in the league, but we can’t afford to lose it.”
Elsewhere in the Super League, Linlithgow, seven points off the top with three games in hand, face a trip to Fife to play lowly Kelty as they bid to step up their pursuit of Newtongrange.
Broxburn will hope their trip to Hill Of Beath finally gets the go-ahead tomorrow after previously being called off due to the weather.
Musselburgh are at bottom club Tayport, with boss David McGlynn looking for a reaction to their Scottish Cup exit against Glenafton last weekend.
On-form Bo’ness, eagerly awaiting Sunday’s draw for the last 16 of the Scottish Cup, head to Dundee to play Lochee United. Finally, Armadale find themselves in Fife as well when they travel to play Ballingry.