Star and Bo’ness square up in the cup

Steven Hislop. Picture: SNS
Steven Hislop. Picture: SNS
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Title contenders Bo’ness United and Newtongrange Star take a break from Super League action tomorrow as they meet in the East of Scotland Cup.

Bo’ness, currently third in the table, are buoyed by last weekend’s 6-1 demolition of Broxburn while Newtongrange are struggling to maintain their impressive early-season form.

United striker Steven Hislop is still hugely respectful of table-topping Star. He said: “The last time we played them at Newtown Park (a 4-2 league win for Bo’ness) we were two down at half-time and deservedly so. They should have had the game won but missed a chance for a third goal before the break. We scored quickly after the turnaround and they couldn’t handle us.

“Newtongrange, from what I’ve heard, are struggling a wee bit but they’re not sitting in top spot for nothing so we’re expecting a really hard game.”

Hislop admits he may not make the starting XI tomorrow after young Zander Miller scored a double against Broxburn last weekend.

“Zander did his chances no harm at all,” said Hislop. “If he’s in from the start, then there will be no complaints from me. I’ll be ready to come off the bench and help out if needed.”

Newtongrange have been held to draws by South League league side Haddington Athletic in their last two matches and required penalties to make it through their Junior Cup replay last weekend.

The aforementioned defeat by tomorrow’s opponents is, however, Star’s only loss this season and goalkeeper Keiron Renton is keen to see his team gain some retribution.

“That defeat at Bo’ness was hard to take,” he admitted. “We were two up and sitting comfortably in front. We should have had a third but big Sean Jamieson missed a sitter which could have killed the game dead. Tomorrow is different – it’s a cup tie and cup ties are unpredictable. It’s a different game for both sides. If we can bounce back to our best form then we’ll win this game. We’ve struggled but not been beaten in the last three games.”