BO’NESS United coach Willie Newbigging this week heaped praise on the ‘‘magnificent squad’’ which has brought the club to the brink of an historic double - back-to-back East Region Super League championships - a never before accomplished feat.
United have come through a punishing three games a week schedule - a programme that would tax a full-time senior club far less a modest Junior side - and have one hand on the league flag - as, of course, have tomorrow’s opponents Linlithgow Rose.
The advantage - if so it can be called - lies with United who still have two league games to play after tomorrow’s clash to the Rose’s single fixture.
A win at home against their biggest rivals would go a huge way to securing the title - but in front of a big, noisy, partisan crowd, Newbigging knows it won’t be easy.
He said: ‘‘With injuries, suspensions, work commitments, etc. it’s always difficult to field your strongest side at the end of long, hard season and we’ve fielded players who have been carrying injuries but they’re desperate to play as, I imagine, are the Linlithgow lads.
‘‘I’ve nothing but praise for our squad who have dug in and worked their socks off to get us into contention for what would be an historic league title - but,as ever, it’s one game at a time.
‘‘I will say, though, that if we do come up short in the league it won’t be for lack of effort.
‘‘We came from a long way behind just a couple of weeks ago to get where we are now.
‘‘We can go on and win the league from here and maybe even get a cup as well!’’
Newbigging gets the chance to rest his weary squad after tomorrow.
United are scheduled to travel to Forfar next Saturday before playing Penicuik in the semi-final of the Fife and Lothians Cup on Monday, May 30.
The following Saturday they are at home to struggling Tayport who will be desperate for three points should Newtongrange beat Hill of Beath Hawthorn tomorrow. Beath are still in with a chance of league glory if the Rose and the BU slip up in the run in.