Juniors: Penicuik boss eyes Bo’ness scalp

Craig Meikle is happy with the strength of his Penicuik squad
Craig Meikle is happy with the strength of his Penicuik squad
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PENICUIK ATHLETIC boss Craig Meikle believes his squad are more than capable of competing at the top end of the Super League table and has urged his players to prove him right by beating leaders Bo’ness United at home tomorrow.

The Cuikie enjoyed a comfortable season in the top tier last season after promotion from the Premier League, ending the campaign in sixth place, They now have their sets sight on a top-four finish.

Meikle’s side currently sit joint-third with Bonnyrigg and Linlithgow, three points behind the top two of Bo’ness and Kelty Hearts. And, after a run of four victories on the bounce since a herculean, late effort rescued a draw at Linlithgow last month, Meikle has called on his players to prove his belief that they can mix it with the big boys.

“We’ve not done well against the top teams so far,” said Meikle.

“We’ve played three of the top four already and we’ve only picked up one point and, if we want to be talking about competing at the top of the league, we have to start beating them.

”It’s maybe a wee chance for us to pick up a victory that will give us a bit of confidence and belief that we can start mixing it at the top of the table.

“I certainly believe we can – look at the squad of players we’ve got. Our squad is now stronger than it has ever been – we had five players away on holiday last week and we still managed to go up to Carnoustie and get the three points.

“They are sitting top of the league and the pressure will be on them to come to us and pick up the points, but we’re confident. We are always confident.”

Penicuik are without Michael Bruce and Ryan McCallum, who are both still on holiday.

Elsewhere, in the only other Super League fixture tomorrow, Musselburgh Athletic host Fauldhouse United.

In the first round of the Scottish Junior Cup, Bonnyrigg Rose host Lanarkshire outfit Thorniewood United, while Newtongrange Star entertain Premier League Edinburgh United. Haddington Athletic and Broxburn face trips to Larkhall and Maybole respectively.