Penicuik boss hails side’s promotion fight

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MANAGER Craig Meikle today hailed his Penicuik players for taking their Premier League promotion fight right down to the wire.

It’s been a difficult season for the Midlothian side whose season was disrupted by an Emirates Scottish Junior Cup tie against Kelty Hearts which was postponed an incredible EIGHT times,

That left Meikle’s men with a massive backlog of league fixtures but they’ve shown fantastic resolve to keep their bid to reach the top flight alive going into the final weekend of the season.

To claim the fourth and final promotion slot, Penicuik need to beat Broughty Athletic tomorrow and hope both Armadale and Bathgate – a point ahead in the table – either lose or draw their final matches against Dundee Violet and Jeanfield Swifts respectively. Meikle said: “It’s been a very trying season for us with a fiasco in the Scottish Cup meaning we played only one game in 14 weeks which left us almost down and out.

“However, we bounced back and have done really well in the second half of the season to get where we are now.”

Rivals Bathgate don’t play their final match until Monday, and Meikle believes that gives Derek Strickland’s side an unfair advantage. He said: “I don’t think the East Region have been fair to us because Bathgate have their last game on Monday, knowing what they have to do – against a side who have played five games in nine days too.”

Meanwhile, the South Division promotion race continues with contenders Arniston and Pumpherston set to meet in a crunch clash tomorrow.