‘Take nothing for granted’ warns BU gaffer

BO’NESS head to the big smoke this weekend to take on West Super League strugglers Petershill in the last 16 of the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup.

The Glasgow side just managed to squeeze through to round five with a victory on penalties over East Region South League side Dunbar in a replay last Saturday. Both ties between Petershill and Dunbar finished 1-1.

Petershill are currently second bottom of the West Super League and Bo’ness are one of the favourites to lift the trophy, but wily boss Willie Newbigging is taking nothing for granted as he approaches the potential banana skin.

“One of our injured players watched them last Saturday and they are a decent side according to all our reports,” said Newbigging.

“There’s no point in taking things lightly in these games. They are at home and any team at this stage of the Scottish Cup will definitely fancy their chances.

“If we turn up we can go there and get a result, I’m confident of that, but we will show them respect. You need to have the right attitude in these games and it’s all about who wants it more on the day.

“We were guilty of this (complacency) last season and hopefully we’ve learned from that. Apart from Derek Fleming I’ve got a full squad so I’m happy with that.”

United go into the tie full of confidence following a tremendous 4-0 win on the road to Tayport, a notoriously difficult place to get a result.

And combined with Linlithgow Rose’s 3-0 defeat in Kelty, it means it’s game on in the Super League as well for the defending champions.

Newbigging added: “It was a great result (against Tayport). We played very well and I couldn’t have asked for more after the Linlithgow result. the boys showed great character.

“The Super League is not all about Bo’ness and Linlithgow though, which everybody is saying. Forfar and Bonnyrigg are in there and it’s not over by any means.

“We have more games in hand and it’s exciting stuff so hopefully it should be a good end to the season. I would definitely say there will be a few more twists and turns before the end of the season if I was a betting man.

“Nobody has the right to win the league and I think it will go right to the wire.”