Newtongrange Star boss Alan Miller is still confident his side can compete at the top end of the table despite their Jekyll and Hyde start to the Super League campaign.
The New Victoria Park men had hoped to push on this season and battle it out for the title after consecutive fourth-place finishes consolidated their position in the top tier following promotion from the Premier League in season 2012-13.
However, they’ve had a poor start to the season by their own standards, winning six and losing six of their opening 12 league matches while facing early exits in the Junior Cup and Fife and Lothians Cup. They are ten points off league leaders Musselburgh albeit with three games in hand.
“We’ve got 18 games to go and I’m still confident that with the squad we’ve got that we will compete at the top end,” said Miller.
“I’m absolutely 100 per-cent convinced that we are in a false position in the table. The only proof of that is when the games finish and where you finish up on that table. We’ve still got definite ambitions for top five and even better.
“I always revert to the figures and revert to the facts. Judge us when the season is finished, don’t judge us when we’re only 12 games into a season when we’re going to be playing 30.
“The league is not won yet and it’s not lost. What we do understand is at this stage other teams are doing better than we are, but we’ve got enough quality to turn that around, there is no question about that.”
Nitten travel to Carmuirs Park to take on Camelon tomorrow, although the tie could be switched to Midlothian if the pitch is unplayable.
Miller watched on last weekend as Camelon lost out 2-1 at Musselburgh with Star’s match away to Fauldhouse United failing to beat the weather.
Elsewhere, Arniston Rangers host Neilston in their Junior Cup third-round replay with the tie having been postponed the past two Saturdays.
In the Super League, Bonnyrigg and Linlithgow are at home to Fauldhouse and Broxburn Athletic, while Bo’ness face a tricky trip to Sauchie.