Linlithgow have the chance to go above Bo’ness United and into second place in the Super league when they visit Bonnyrigg tomorrow in the battle of the Roses.
With Bo’ness involved in the East of Scotland Cup against Arniston, Linlithgow can go a point clear of their title rivals on 58 points if they win at New Dundas Park.
Linlithgow have been chasing Bo’ness for much of the season so far, so a win would put pressure on their near neighbours.
Boss Danny Smith is expecting a difficult match even though their opponents have little to play for albeit finishing as high as possible, which is third. “It’s a great opportunity to go above Bo’ness but we are not kidding ourselves on; it will be a very difficult game, but it is a game we are capable of winning,” said Smith, whose side were held to a 2-2 draw by Bonnyrigg in January, before he took charge.
With three league wins on the trot, Linlithgow are in good form and Smith has been impressed with their recent performances.
“What’s been pleasing the last couple of weeks, is that we are getting a bit of form back and are getting good team performances,” he said. “We’ve not done anything yet and that’s what we need to remember. We need just concentrate on trying to get three points, but it will be a very difficult game.”
Bonnyrigg manager Max Christie admits his side are out of the league title race, but still expects a performance from his players who are unbeaten in their last six league matches.
He said: “It’s always a big game against Linlithgow. We are out of the league, but Linlithgow can still win it. We’ll want to make it a really competitive game.” Both managers have full squads to choose from.
Elsewhere, Newtongrange Star host Camelon in their final game of the season tomorrow, while Musselburgh Athletic travel to Sauchie.