A SHAKE up is on the cards as Bo’ness United host Broxburn tomorrow (Saturday), with boss Allan McGonigal set to mix and match his side to give some players a run out.
While gunning for all three points, it is a strategy he feels is vital, pointing to Linlithgow Rose’s strong subs bench as the starting difference between the two sides last Saturday.
McGonigal said yesterday: “The team on Saturday will be no reflection on the team that plays the following week. I’ve decided to mix it up and fling in some boys to give them match fitness.”
He added: “To be fair I have been going on for months that Linlithgow have won the league. After Saturday’s performance you know why and they will deservedly win it.
“Now we will mix and match. Our best chance of glory is in the cups.”
Unwilling to look too far ahead, he did say: “I have no fears about anything. The Linlithgow (cup) game will take care of itself.”
With injuries making their mark, United signed steely Glenafton midfielder Paul Murphy on a pre-derby loan deal, and in a ‘massive gamble’ Scott Gibb returned for his first game of the season.
McGonigal said: “To be honest we are gambling every week, I have not been able to get my best team on the park.
“If I could get my best 11 players they would be as good as anybody.”
The gaffer felt a draw would have been deserved and praised his side’s character in the 3-2 Prestonfield defeat, with every player giving 100 per cent effort.
“I think for the first half hour Linlithgow Rose were fantastic and gave us a wee bit of a battering. 2-0 probably flattered us at that time.
“My back four defended far too deep and allowed Linlithgow Rose to play their game plan. But the next 45 minutes, we got a foothold in the game and put on a performance.
“We scored two goals and I thought there was only one team wanting to win the game.”
He added: “Five goals for a fiver, and end to end play - it was certainly a great advert for football. Although we got beaten it certainly didn’t feel like a defeat. We were in the game for a long spell.
“It was only in the last five minutes, a wee bit of magic from Maclennan won the game.
“When we were champions, you play to the final whistle, that’s what makes champions.”
Devine is doubtful for tomorrow after hospital treatment yesterday for a back cyst and Peat, Snowdon and McAvoy were carrying strains. Joe Prince Wright has been freed from the club.