Musselburgh Athletic boss Calvin Shand believes a local derby away to Newtongrange Star provides his players with the perfect opportunity to recover from a disappointing performance at home to Broxburn Athletic last week.
The Olivebank men, who have just one solitary home league win so far this season, have creeped dangerously close to the bottom end of the Super League table in recent weeks, although a couple of victories would propel them several places.
Burgh take a break from league action tomorrow, visiting league rivals Star in the third round of the East of Scotland Cup. Shand is expecting a reaction from his charges after a 2-1 loss to in-form Broxburn.
“We’ve just drawn too many games and when you draw too many games you don’t really move,” said Shand. “I’d be more worried if we had been playing really badly but, apart from Broxburn, we’ve actually been decent. You need to remember we’ve got a young team as well so they are a little bit inconsistent. A lot of them haven’t played Junior before, it’s their first season so they will be up and down at times, but we’re hoping next season they flourish a little bit because of that experience of having a full season in the juniors. Our performance was really poor last week and it’s probably the worst we’ve been. After a performance like that, the boys are desperate to go and put it right and I couldn’t have asked for a better game this week. It’s a local derby and it’s a break for both teams from the league. The players are disappointed because they expect better of themselves and eachother. I’m sure both teams will be looking forward to it. It’ll be a tough game as it always is against Newtongrange, they’ve been picking up points and they are still battling away.”
Elsewhere, Bonnyrigg Rose visit Downfield in the second round of the same competition after a stunning comeback against Hill of Beath last weekend. Penicuik Athletic host South Division leaders Blackburn United in the Fife and Lothians Cup with Musselburgh awaiting the winners in the quarter-final.