Family affair at Broxburn as Pittmans do battle

Scott Pittman (in orange). Below, father Steve Pittman. Main picture: Jon Savage
Scott Pittman (in orange). Below, father Steve Pittman. Main picture: Jon Savage
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Bragging rights between father and son will be at stake tomorrow afternoon when Broxburn Athletic host Bo’ness United at Albyn Park.

Broxburn manager Steve Pittman, a former USA internationalist, will be instructing his players with how best to counter his son’s talents as 22-year-old Scott lines up in Bo’ness blue and white.

Not that the majority of the Broxburn squad are unaware of the Scotland junior internationalist’s talents already however, as Scott joined the current Super League champions from Broxburn in the summer.

The attacking midfielder played under his dad for three seasons at the West Lothian club and Steve is well aware of the threat he poses. But, after joking that he’ll make “special plans” for his son at their home this evening, he insisted his side can’t afford to focus on the talents of just one player.

“He’s doing really well at Bo’ness,” said Steve. “Most of our players know him and have played with him so they know what his game is about.

“It’s just up to us to deal with it, but we’ll not be making any special plans for him although I hope he doesn’t have one of his better games.

“I’m just focusing on our own team, though. If we start worrying about their players we’ll have eleven players to worry about as every one of them is a good player. We’ll just worry about ourselves. There will be bragging rights with who gets the remote control and that, but we’ll wait and see who wins that one.”

Tomorrow’s match will be Broxburn’s first competitive fixture in over a month, since a controversial 3-2 loss at home to Bonnyrigg Rose – a match which took place without any assistant referees.

The club then had two games called off against Lochee United and Fauldhouse United prior to Christmas before a two week break over the festive period which they had opted to take advantage of earlier in the season. Their period without a league fixture has proven to be fruitful, however, according to boss Pittman.

His side were involved in two friendlies to keep them ticking over, with several players returning from injury. A 4-1 win over Lowland League side Whitehill Welfare on December 23 was followed up by a 2-1 victory on Monday night against Championship outfit Cowdenbeath.

“We’ve not had a game, but it’s been good because we had a lot of injuries and most of them have healed up,” said Steve. “The boys are looking forward to getting back to business we are playing one of the best sides.”

Broxburn sit comfortable in ninth position, two places below where they ended in the table last season. They have drawn six of their nine home league matches so far this season, and will be eager to turn those into wins in the second half of the campaign.

Pittman added: “We’ve not had the best first half of the season. We’ve won three, lost three and I think we’ve drawn about eight. At the time I sold Steven Weir and Mark Cowan, I left myself short of forwards, but out of the eight games we could’ve won five of them.”

Son Scott can’t wait to return to his former club this weekend. The majority of the squad which he played in still remains, many of whom he is still in contact with, so victory would mean more to him than just getting one over his dad.

“I’m looking forward to going back tomorrow,” he said. “I’ve obviously not played there since I left. The squad is near enough the same and I know all the boys – a few of them I’m good pals with, so it should be good.”

Scott has flourished for the Newtown Park men recently, but admitted it took him time to find his feet at the club.

“I’ve been playing well recently,” he said. “At the start it took me a wee while to get going, but I’m really enjoying it now. I think I’ve been a bit more consistent this season.”

Third-place Bo’ness are undefeated in their last five Super League matches, with four wins and a draw, but haven’t won away from home in the league since a 2-0 win over Bonnyrigg Rose in August.

Fraser Keast, Brain Fairburn and James Donaldson all return for the home side, although youngster Zander Miller will miss the game against his former club as he is on holiday. Blair Munn, the 19-year-old who recently signed from Stirling Albion, goes straight into Broxburn’s squad.