Newtongrange Star stopper hails club’s best season

Newtongrange Star manager Allan Miller
Newtongrange Star manager Allan Miller
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Newtongrange Star defender Scott Swaney admits this will be his club’s best-ever season in the Super League – even if they don’t win the title.

Star have surprised everyone in east junior football by surging to the top of the league in their first season back in the top-flight following relegation to the Premier League.

Alan Miller’s men currently sit four points clear at the top with Bo’ness United and Linlithgow Rose leading the chase.

Swaney, one of Newtongrange’s longest-serving players, is keen to see his team maintain their fine form when they host Sauchie tomorrow.

“Last season, all we wanted to do was get promotion,” admitted Swaney.

“We didn’t think about winning the title but, as the season came to a close, the chasing pack started to fall away and we found we had won the title.

“It’s totally different this season. We’ve done well to be up there with the big boys, but we’re expecting them to come back at us big style.

“We’ve done well to get points in the bag. In fact, I’d say this is the beat season during my time at the club – but it’s a place we didn’t expect to be.

“Linlithgow looked to be favourites to overtake us, but they hit a poor run. They’ll bounce back.

“No matter what happens, this has been our best season in the Super League.

“I’ve been here eight seasons now and this is the best squad I’ve played in, so it would be nice to win the title. But there is a whole lot of football to be played before that happens.

“All we an do now is keep winning and put the pressure on the chasing pack.”