United bring in new goalie

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Bo’ness United plan on fielding a new goalkeeper in this Saturday’s Scottish Junior Cup first round replay at Bellshill Athletic.

United were on the verge of signing a new custodian this week, after inexperienced keeper Scott Ritchie made a couple of costly mistakes in the 3-3 draw against Bellshill at Newtown Park on Saturday.

Bo’ness assistant gaffer Steve Pittman said: “I don’t want to be critical, but Scott made a couple of mistakes.

“He didn’t get much help from his defence. That can’t happen for a club like Bo’ness.

“We’ve had a wee problem with the goalkeeping position this year. Scott Christie’s still three or four weeks away from being match fit and Darren Jamieson is cup tied. It has been difficult.

“We need to address it and get another keeper in.”

Meanwhile, Pittman praised the fine efforts of Central Division 1 strugglers Bellshill against his East Superleague outfit last weekend.

“I thought Bellshill played really well,” Pittman said.

“They made it really difficult for us. Having said that, with the chances we had the game should have been well put to bed before they got back into it.

“We have nobody to blame but ourselves but the only consolation is that we’re still in the cup.

“It will be difficult going away from home but there’s no excuses for my players now because they know what Bellshill are all about.

“There is no hiding place. We need to go there and win the game, it’s as simple as that.”

Pittman has taken the team over the last fortnight but Bo’ness manager Allan McGonigal will be back from a Florida holiday to return to the dugout on Saturday.